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The scale of the devastation left by Hurricane Irma as it tears


through the Caribbean is beginning to emerge.


Barbuda has suffered massive destruction to its roads, schools,


The extent of the destruction in Barbuda is unprecedented.


In fact, I'm of the view that as this stands now,


This is the moment it struck St Martin, severing communications


What we experienced, it's like something


Last night was a horrible experience.


My mum cried and my brother woke me up.


As the United Nations warns that as many as 37 million


people could be affected, we'll have reports


MPs begin their scrutiny of the Government's main Brexit


bill, which aims to end the primacy of EU law in the UK.


This bill simply brings European Union law into UK law,


ensuring that, where ever, possible the rules and laws


Tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees continue to pour


into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar.


And Prince George is dropped off for his first day


And coming up in the sport on BBC News:


An early wicket for James Anderson in the deciding Test


against West Indies at Lord's, as he edges ever closer to becoming


the first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.


One of the most powerful storms on record - Hurricane Irma -


is continuing to devastate parts of the Caribbean.


It has almost completely destroyed the islands


of Barbuda and St Martin - ten people, including


a child, have been killed - and it's feared that


The storm has now moved past Puerto Rico,


where it knocked out power for around a million people.


It is currently heading for the Dominican Republic,


and is due to hit Cuba tomorrow, and Florida in the United


There are fears for the safety of a number of Britons in the area.


This morning, the Government announced it was making ?12 million


In a moment we'll be speaking to our correspondents live


in Cuba and Florida, but first with all the latest,


Hurricane Irma - a storm the size of France -


On the tiny island of Barbuda, barely a building left untouched.


It was seven of us, and all we had to do was to pray and call for help.


I didn't know this was going to happen to me.


Last night was the most devastating experience


I ever had in my life, and I'm almost 60.


Me and my family of seven, including an infant of two months,


Hundreds of families here now find themselves homeless.


My house, I lose my home, I lose my shop, also my vehicle,


And right now, I don't have nowhere to go to sleep.


We had cars flying over our heads, we had containers, 40 foot


containers flying left and right, and the story that you're getting


from most of the residents here is that the eye of the storm


Persons were literally tying themselves to their roots


Barbuda's Prime Minister said the island was now barely habitable.


I would say that about 95% of the properties will have suffered


They would have lost at least a part of their roofs.


Some have lost the whole roof, some properties have


With much of the island's infrastructure destroyed,


aid agencies now face the difficult task of getting help


The damage in Barbuda is none like we've ever seen before.


We're talking about everything being completely destroyed.


It's electricity, it's roads, it's water, it's


it's churches, it's supermarkets, shops, everything.


There is literally nothing that currently exists


And imagine the terror of being caught up in this.


This is the neighbouring island of St Martin, getting hammered.


Sustained winds of 185 miles an hour.


More than 70,000 people live on the low-lying island


which is made up of Dutch and French territories.


Shipping containers tossed around like Lego bricks.


The authorities here are warning the death toll is likely to rise.


And it's not over yet. The UN is now warning Irma could affect 37 million


people. These remarkable pictures,


taken from the International Space Station, show the storm tracking


north-west towards the Dominican Its forecast to hit the Florida


coast at the weekend. Irma is far from finished and


already on the horizon in this brutal hurricane season, are


hurricanes Jose and Katya. Well, let's get the latest


on the path of Hurricane Irma and where it's heading,


here's Chris Fawkes. Thank you. You might remember


yesterday we were talking about this category five hurricane, the second


strongest hurricane outside of the Pacific basin that we have seen on


record. Their strongest was hurricane Alan in 1980. You might


remember it came onshore first of all yesterday, making its first


landfall in Barbuda. It has caused catastrophic damage here. Indeed,


the Prime Minister Gaston Revol described Bermuda as being barely


habitable. We expected winds gusting to 225 miles an hour. This was a


storm at its peak, Barbuda was in the wrong place. From their


networked north-westwards made a second landfall across the island of


St Martin. Again, causing catastrophic damage. One of the


local councillors on the island talked about 85% of the building


being damage. -- 95%. Then it went north-west enduring yesterday


evening time, our time, it went across the British Virgin Islands,


particularly the Northern group, bringing huge falls of rain, really


strong winds and a massive storm surge is expected as well. Since


then, overnight bringing torrential rain to Porto Rico but the centre of


the storm, with the strongest hurricane winds have stayed off to


the north coast. The ring could still cause problems. For Dominican


Republic and Haiti, brain as well. This is heading towards the Turks


and Caicos Islands. About midnight hour time, about seven o'clock local


time, we are expecting it to make landfall once again. We could see


some big damage here because the winds are still gusting to around


220 miles an hour, so is still a very powerful category five


hurricane. As well as that, we talked about the storm surge


yesterday, the big wall of water you get with hurricanes of the storm


surge that will be working into the Turks and Caicos Islands and across


the Bahamas could reach 20 foot high in places. That will cause


catastrophic damage. It is not just about the winds, but the storm surge


and torrential rain to come. As a storm does widespread damage and


then swinging up towards Florida just in time for Sunday.


Thank you. The latest from Puerto Rico now,


where at least half of the island's homes and businesses have


been without power. Our correspondent


Laura Bicker is there. How are people coping?


As the hurricane came through overnight, people took shelter.


There was real concern, especially having seen what had happened in the


Eastern Caribbean. Bits of Ruth went flying, there is debris on much of


the road. However, the real concern right now is the power supplies. At


least 22 hospitals without power, running generator power and we're


hearing from the power company could be 4-6 months before full supplies


are restored. We heard from authorities here that are trying to


get in touch the thousands in remote areas of this island, to make sure


they are safe, but there is a feeling here, as they emerge in the


daylight and realise right now many of the structures remain intact,


there is a collective sigh of relief. Remember, the eye of the


Hurricane brushed the top of this island that did not give a direct


hit and that may have saved many lives. Thank you, Laura Bicker


there. Our correspondent Will Grant


is in the Cuban capital Havana. The Hurricane is heading to Cuba,


people must be bracing themselves? They are. They are watching these


images coming out of the eastern Caribbean and listening to those


testimonies we've heard with real trepidation. There is great


nervousness here now. It has picked up over the last 24 hours, as people


have appreciated just how severe this storm will be. People are going


out and trying to find sufficient supplies of clean drinking water,


Petros, to run generators with, to board up their homes as best they


can. The government has issued evacuation orders for part of the


eastern tip of the island from Guantanamo to Matanzas province.


There are thousands of tourists caught up in this as well. Many


holiday-makers from all over the world who are relying on the Cuban


government to help them get away from those low-lying coastal areas,


where the popular resorts are, and on their own embassies as well.


There are questions in Cuba that remain about how severe this storm


will be and how much rainfall it will dump, affecting not just Cubans


on the Cuban government that governments around the world who are


focusing on their people who are here at the moment. Will Grant, many


thanks. CBS Correspondent Meg Oliver


is in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma is expected to hit


Florida at the weekend. What sort of precautions are being taken?


Mandatory evacuations are going into effect here along Miami Beach. At


noon today. There are people out along the beach right now and a few


people even in the water, taking a last minute dip but authorities are


urging people to take precautions. People are boarding up, they are


filling up their tanks with gas and hitting the road. The big thing with


this storm, they do want anyone to get stuck on the highway. They are


urging people to do their preparation today, tomorrow at the


absolute latest, and Saturday the wind and rain will start to pick up


before storm makes landfall on Sunday. They don't want anyone on


the road on Saturday or Sunday. Meg, thank you. CBS reporter Meg.


MPs have begun debating the EU Withdrawal Bill,


which will end 40 years of the supremacy of EU law in the UK


and will convert existing EU laws into domestic ones.


Many MPs, including some Conservative backbenchers,


Labour will vote against the bill as it stands, calling it a power


Our political correspondent, Chris Mason, reports.


Take back control, the winning mantra of the Leave campaign in the


EU referendum and now the government's job to make a reality.


That means bringing back powers from Brussels to Westminster, and it's


what the EU Withdrawal Bill is all about.


Secretary David Davis studied up this lunchtime the man responsible


for turning it into law told MPs it was vital, because... It insures on


the day we leave businesses know where they stand. Workers' rights


are upheld and consumers remain protected. This bill is vital to


ensuring that as we leave, we do so in an orderly manner.


And so begins the wrangling in fair, in Parliament, on delivering Brexit.


This planned new law intends to change everything by changing


nothing, cutting and pasting vast swathes of EU law and turning it


into UK law the day after Brexit. It will dominate proceedings here for


months to come. Labour say ministers are trying to


avoid scrutiny of their plans. The decision to leave the EU has


already been taken. What we are concerned with is how that should be


done and the government is essentially saying that is down to


us, we don't need the involvement of Parliament. It is a real power grab.


Today's debate is generating international attention. The biggest


change in how we are governed for over 40 years. Unprecedented,


complicated and the source of many a row still to come. Chris Mason, BBC


News, at wet -- Westminster. Our assistant political editor,


Norman Smith, is in Westminster. How big a battle is Mrs May facing


over this Brexit bill? You get a sense of just how high the stakes


are by listening to the Brexit secretary David Davis, who told MPs


this bill is crucial, essential, vital. Why? Because it paves the way


for our departure from the EU. It is the legislative gangplank to


quitting Europe, because it repeals the legislation which took us into


the then European Common Market, way back in the 1970s. For that reason


it is a big green brute of a bill. More than 60 pages, which means


there is ample opportunity for critical MPs to tackle numerous


amendments for staying in the single market, the customs union, demanding


MPs have more say over the shape of legislation. It provides many


possibilities to delay, to dent or even derail Brexit. And that means


Mrs May has to tread an extraordinarily precarious path,


because she has a tiny majority. I think the truth is we are at the


start of possibly months of attrition or tussle here in the


House of Commons, with endless late-night debates, knife edge votes


as Mrs May tries to steer through the Commons the legislation taking


us out of the European Union. Norman, thank you.


So, what are the details of the bill being debated and why


are opposition parties threatening to try to block it?


Chris Morris, from our Reality Check team, can tell us more.


It began life in a Prime Ministerial speech as the Great Repeal Bill,


then it became simply the Repeal Bill and now we're


working with its official title, the rather more prosaic


Here's where it'll end up - with all the other vellum scrolls


in the Houses of Parliament going back centuries.


Well, it's a complex mix of constitutional change


Firstly, it repeals the 1972 European Communities Act that took


the UK into what was then known as the European Economic Community.


The repeal would come into effect on the day of Brexit -


which, until anyone decides otherwise, will be March 29th, 2019.


Secondly, the bill will transfer EU rules and regulations


wholesale into UK law to avoid legal and financial


We're talking here about an estimated 19,000 separate


pieces of legislation, a vast body of law that has


So, a new category of domestic law will be created


After Brexit, any of it could then be amended or repealed


Thirdly, and perhaps most controversially,


the bill will channel this man, Henry VIII, who knew a thing or two


about trying to take back control from Europe.


This is all about what are known as Henry VIII clauses,


named after the Statute of Proclamations of 1539,


which gave Henry the power to legislate by proclamation.


The modern-day equivalent gives ministers and officials the power


to make changes to some laws without full parliamentary scrutiny.


This has set alarm bells ringing in many quarters.


There are those who argue that it will undermine the ultimate


sovereignty of parliament, and those who worry that EU laws


that cover things such as workers' rights or environmental protection


The Government says none of that is going to happen,


but there is another point of contention - the role


of the devolved parliaments and assemblies in Scotland,


The first ministers of Scotland and Wales have described


the Withdrawal Bill as a naked power grab because it returns


all powers from the EU to the UK Parliament,


rather than to the devolved administrations.


All in all, then, there are massive challenges for the Government,


as it embarks on the daunting legislative task of turning Brexit


Well, let's cross now to our correspondent in Brussels,


Damian Grammaticas, who's been listening to a news conference


Yes, there are a couple of highlights to pick out from this.


Michel Barnier first talked about the issue of Ireland. The EU has


released a new paper which says it is determined to try to minimise


impacts to the people of Ireland, north and south of the border, but


interestingly, the EU says the onus is on the UK to come up to that --,


with the solutions because it is the UK's decision to quit the customs


union and single market. The UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of


test case for the future of that EU- UK customs relations. This will not


happen. Creativity and flexibility cannot be at the expense of the


integrity of the single market Michel Barnier basically saying they


would be flexible on Ireland, that would not extend to the rest of the


deal on board as elsewhere. But interestingly on the financial


settlement, I have been very disappointed by the UK position, it


appears to be backtracking on commitments made at the start of the


negotiation process to honour its financial obligations and he urged


the UK to go back, look at the legal argument, because that EU position


as the financial commitment was approved by David Cameron as Prime


Minister, approved by the UK Parliament and must, as things


stand, he cannot recommend there is sufficient progress to move on to


the interim position deal either future trade deal. Thank you. Our


top story this lunchtime... Hurricane Irma has left Ireland is


destroyed and at least ten people killed. The extent of the


destruction in Barbuda is unprecedented. As it stands now, it


is barely habitable. Birmingham has been named


as the English candidate to stage They beat Liverpool to the honour,


but the Government must now decide 164,000 Rohingya Muslim


refugees have now fled into Bangladesh from neighbouring


Myanmar, which was formerly Burma. They say they've been escaping


an upsurge of violence against them. In a moment, we'll hear


from our correspondent, But first, this report


from Sanjoy Majumder on the Bangladesh


side of the border. More Rohingya refugees have come


into Bangladesh today from Myanmar. And you can just see how


congested it has become. Now, over here, they have


brought in bamboo. This is to construct new tents


for the fresh arrivals. The existing camp itself


is in dreadful shape. Extremely crowded,


conditions unhygienic. Now, aid agencies


are very concerned. They say, apart from food,


there is an urgent need MSF, the humanitarian agency,


says many of the new refugees have gunshot wounds,


injuries, and therefore, they need Earlier, our correspondent,


Jonathan Head, sent this account from Rakhine State,


in Myanmar, from where the Rohingya It does not normally allow


journalists or any foreigners into this region without special


permission because it wants to challenge the narrative


that the rest of the world is hearing from the many refugees,


the tens of thousands who have been So they have been taking


us to various sites, showing us examples of destruction


and letting us talk to people and all of them


are sticking to the same story which is that it is the Muslim


militants who have infiltrated Of course, they don't


use the word Rohingya. It is pretty much banned


in this part of the world. But they are saying


that the Muslim communities were infiltrated by these militants


and it was the militants themselves What you can see here is the remains


of perhaps four or five houses, apparently lived in by Muslim


inhabitants who are now being looked after next door in the Buddhist


temple that you can see behind me. It is very hard for us


to challenge this narrative. Everyone we are speaking to,


we are doing so while in the company of police, heavily armed police,


and government officials. We have heard some dissenting views


when we have been able to talk quietly to people,


but this is the message the government wants to get across,


that it is not their fault. The security forces have


denied any abuses at all, all those allegations of rape


and shooting, and they are saying that all of the burning,


the hundreds of villages that have been burnt down, every part


of it is the responsibility of the militants themselves


and nothing to do Jonathan Head there reporting from


Myanmar. Universities in England could face


fines if they fail to justify paying their vice-chancellors more


than the Prime Minister's Universities Minister Jo Johnson


says he wants to see greater Gillian Hargreaves is


at Brunel University Is this effectively a cap


on vice-chancellors' salaries? Well, it certainly sounds like a


government minister trying to clip the wings of vice chancellors. This


morning Jo Johnson went eyeball to eyeball with some of the leaders of


our universities and said he wants them to show leadership and


restraint when it comes to their own pay packages. He went further and


said he was tired of opening newspapers and reading about


salaries thinks are perhaps too generous or unjustified in some


cases. The plan is they will be fined if they cannot prove there is


a very justifiable reason for a vice Chancellor to get a generous salary.


On average, vice chancellors get something in the region of ?250,000.


For some universities that can go much higher. The Vice Chancellor of


the University of Bath owns a salary of ?415,000. That of course in the


face of rising student debt, people going to university this September


will be charged ?9,250 in many cases per year for their university


course. The ministers are trying to say, restrain yourselves a bit, draw


your horns in a bit, but in practical terms, what he will be


able to do right now, we're not sure, because of the university can


say, we are worth it, we are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to


this country, then I think the status quo will probably remain.


Thank you. One in five people who are gay,


lesbian or bisexual have experienced a hate crime -


that's according to But more than 80% of


the victims don't report Stonewall say that three out of five


gay men don't feel comfortable holding their partner's hand


in the street, so today, they are launching a campaign -


"come out for LGBT". England have begun their third


and deciding Test against Jimmy Anderson began the day just


three wickets away from becoming only the sixth bowler in history


to take 500 Test wickets. Our correspondent,


Joe Wilson, is there. The floodlights behind me at Lord's


has been used already today, reminding us of the first Test match


of the series, and lights that adjusts them with the pink ball when


the West Indies were overwhelmed. -- under the lights at Edgbaston.


Anderson chasing history. A classic Lord Smith jar of novelty and


nostalgia. Perhaps we value the sunshine more in September, a late


burst of energy at Lord's. The last match for Test Match Special


commentator Henry blow felt, dressed to stop the traffic, you will know


him by his voice. Very good to be here. How are you feeling this


morning? Pre-match nerves? No, I am waking up still, I have not been


through a full infantry of how I am. We're hoping for a revival for West


Indies? It would be lovely if they won the series. These players are


sporting representatives of the Caribbean and at a time of deep


distress and much of that region, they know their role, to inspire.


But they had to face James Anderson. Bull-macro, he has put another down!


That should have been his 498 Test wicket, his old pal there, Alastair


Cook. Sorry, mate. You cannot keep Anderson down for long. Someone has


got to hold a catch. Gone, 11:45am, and the unprecedented 500th wicket


in reach. One opponent of cricket that you can never overcome. Rain


interrupted play but only briefly. At 12:39pm, 499. Anderson intends to


keep going, not just here, but for years. West Indies will resume


shortly on 35-2, needing more of the concentration and conviction we saw


in the second Test match. James Anderson just about finishing his


lunch right now and he will come back and he will be as hungry to


bowl again as ever in his long career, I think. Thank you. Joe


Wilson there. This morning was his


first day at school. He was taken there


by Prince William. His mother, the Duchess


of Cambridge, couldn't attend as she's pregnant with her third


child and suffering Our royal correspondent,


Nicholas Witchell, reports. It is a daunting day


for any four-year-old, no matter who you are,


and George arrived looking, well, understandably a little nervous


for his first day at the new school in south London his parents


have chosen for him. Dad was there to take his hand and


carry his schoolbag, but not Mum. She had to remain at


Kensington Palace, suffering Each day at Thomas's School


in Battersea starts with a handshake George knew what was required,


as did his father. And then it was time for those shiny


new school shoes to head for the classroom to find the peg


for George Cambridge and to meet the 20 other four-year-olds,


boys and girls, who will be For William, it may have prompted


memories of the day 30 years ago when he was taken by his mother


for his first day at school. Back then, it was all


rather more formal. A boys only school complete


with a school cap. Fast forward 30 years and George's


school offers a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on sport


and human values. It is a choice of school


which represents a bit of a break Nothing too radical, of course -


it is still private and fee-paying, but it is coeducational


and the school has a strong George will find that "be kind"


is one of the guiding principles for pupils here,


together with courtesy and humility. All useful qualities


for a future king. Nicholas Witchell,


BBC News, Battersea. Hurricane Irma first making landfall


in Barbuda, leaving the island barely habitable. A direct hit to


sign more than, 95% of buildings destroyed according to locals. Not


heard much about the British Virgin Islands yet, they took a direct hit


yesterday evening, the northern islands. The latest satellite


picture, Irma offshore from the Ricoh and the Dominican Republic.


Torrential rain. There is an island here and I think it could be hit by


Hurricane Irma and it could make landfall here as we get on towards


midnight. The damage from the storm is not done. It is not just the 220


mile an hour gusts of wind, but it is the massive storm surge. Up to 20


foot high in places, that will cause further catastrophic damage over the


coming days. It is then heading to Florida later this weekend.


Satellite picture in the UK, showing quite a bit of cloud across the


north-west. Slippery slide to something rather more unsettled the


next few days. A band of rain sinking south into northern England


from Scotland and Northern Ireland. Turning down with patchy rain in


Wales and the south-west. The odd shower for the Southeast and East


Anglia. Feeling cool in the winds. Overnight tonight, this band of rain


sinking south. Heavy rain for a time in northern England, pushing across


Wales, the Midlands, reaching southern counties of England by the


end of the night, when strengthening. Plenty of showers


working into the North and west of the country. The forecast for


Friday, a day of sunshine and showers for many, not much in the


way of sunshine perhaps between the showers, coming in thick and fast on


the brisk winds. It will feel cooler times in the Northwest. A band of


rain in the south accompanied by a fairly strong winds and potentially


some rumbles of thunder. Temperatures easing back. Looking to


the weekend, low pressure still in charge, staying unsettled. Showers


continuing to be widespread, often quite cloudy and it will turn


increasingly windy as we get towards the latter part of Sunday, even with


the risk of burials. I will keep you up-to-date with the latest on


Hurricane Irma, on the BBC weather website or on Twitter. Back to you.


A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.


Hurricane Irma has ploughed a devastating path through the


Caribbean, leaving islands destroyed and at least ten people killed.


That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me.


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