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Tonight at Six - Hurricane Irma leaves a trail


The eastern Caribbean islands were first in line for a battering -


Reduced to rubble - nine out of ten buildings


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


And all we had to do was pray and call for help.


Britain offers ?32 million for the relief effort and is sending


MPs clash over the Brexit Bill, which will transfer EU


How likely are you to be a victim of crime?


First day at school for Prince George -


And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News...


Premier League clubs vote to end the summer transfer window


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


Hurricane Irma - one of the strongest ever recorded


in the Atlantic Ocean - has destroyed almost everything


in its path as it sweeps across the eastern Caribbean.


At least nine people are known to have been killed,


The islands of Barbuda and St Martin were first to feel the full force


Then came Puerto Rico and now it's heading northwest


With phone lines down, roads destroyed by flooding


and airports damaged, it's been difficult to get


Our correspondent, Laura Bicker, reports from Puerto Rico.


Hurricane Irma, as storm the size of France, has carved a destructive


path through the Caribbean. In Puerto Rico, three people were


killed as winds battered the island. As daylight came and career began,


most felt lucky to have survived such a storm. Go! Don't come here


any more. This man told me he felt blessed to be alive and the only


damage was downed power lines and fallen trees in the street. They


have kept their age or say. There is a collective sigh of relief in


Puerto Rico. There is work to be done, up to 30 foot waves threw up


debris and downed trees but when it comes to that catastrophic eye of


the hurricane, that only skirted the island, unlike others in the


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


untouched. Thousands of families find themselves homeless. The house,


I lose my home, I lose my shop. Everything is damaged. And right


now, I have nowhere to go more sleep. We had cars flying over our


heads, 40 foot containers flying left and right. And the story that


you are getting from most of the residents is that the eye of the


storm came just in time. Persons were literally tying themselves to


their roots with ropes to keep them down. The Prime Minister said the


island was barely habitable. What I saw was heart-wrenching. Absolutely


devastating. In neighbouring Saint Maarten, the full force of the eye


of the hurricane was caught on camera. Winds of 185 mph the island.


But than 70,000 people live in this area, which is made of Dutch and


French territories. Shipping containers were tossed around like


Lego bricks. Moored boats were smashed in the harbour and there are


warnings that the death toll is likely to rise. France has sent


three emergency teams to help with the corrupt and has already set up a


reconstruction fund. In the British territory of Anguilla, UK response


was criticised as pathetic and disgraceful. The only hospital has


been badly damaged and residents say they need food, water and shelter. A


British task force is on its way there, including Royal Marines and


army engineers. Efforts are under way to get supplies to the island of


Saint Barts. The French government says the priority is making sure


people have food and drinking water. The British Virgin Islands is the


latest place to be pummelled. It is a tropical paradise transformed.


Hurricane Irma is not finished. She has maintained her wind speeds and


is barrelling towards another British territory- the low-lying


Turks and Caicos Islands. The US sunshine state of Florida will be


next in her sights. They are nervous after watching others injure her


rat. In a moment we will speak to Will Grant in Havana. First, the


latest from Laura Bicker who is in Portugal. There is so much damage,


places cut off, are you getting a sense of the scale of this disaster?


There is no doubt that Hurricane Irma is a terrifying force of nature


and we did not feel the full force of the winter ski in Puerto Rico but


even then, at times it felt and sounded like a jet engine was going


off back outside and one resident in Anguilla put it best, she said it


felt like a nuclear bomb had gone off. When it comes to the damage in


Puerto Rico and elsewhere are clear at this beginning but the problem


with the hurricane like this is that it makes them fearful about what


might come and there is another one in her wake, Hurricane Jose is


already on his way. Well in Havana, they have seen what Hurricane Irma


can do, what preparations are happening? Yes, if the Cubans were


not aware of the sheer destruction and power of this storm, having seen


everything that has happened in the region, they are acutely aware right


now and people are doing what they can to stock up on clean water, to


get fuel for generators, to board up homes and the government has put


into effect evacuation orders on the eastern end of the island, trying to


move communities into safer ground. They have closed schools already and


of course there are tourists, a lot of tourists in the lower lying


regions, coastal regions. That is one of the resorts are so there is


an international effort involving travel agencies, international


embassies and the Cuban government to try to get those people perhaps


here to the capital in Havana. Thank you both.


Hurricane Irma is now the longest lasting Category 5


super-storm ever recorded, surpassing the record


set by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in 2013.


So why has it gathered so much energy?


And are these types of storm becoming more frequent?


Our science editor, David Shukman, explains.


And menacing swirl of clouds stretching over the Caribbean. This


view from space of Hurricane Irma shows its extraordinary scale. If it


was over Britain it would cover most of the country. Our brave flight


crew enter is right inside. And facing them with a staggeringly


large walls of the inside of the eye. This hurricane has set a new


record for having dangerously fast winds for the longest time. On the


ground, the effect is shattering. This part of the world knows all


about Hurricane Sue and an early warning has definitely saved lives,


but this one is stronger than most. How do hurricanes become so


destructive? The strongest form of back the coast of West Africa, warm


waters caused the error to rise, triggering thunderstorms and that is


when the winds can circulate and as this weather system crosses the


Atlantic it grows and becomes stronger. If the winds are moving in


the same direction at all levels, as with Irma, they reached devastating


speeds. Closer to the Caribbean, the hurricane gets another boast as it


passes over yet more warm water. And ocean temperatures are unusually how


this year, making the winds even more aggressive. On top of this, the


low pressure inside the hurricane creates a storm surge, a huge wave


that strikes the coast. As climate change is changing the level of the


sea, the impact is all the greater. As the people of the Caribbean try


to cope with the terrible aftermath, many are asking if there will be


even more scenes like this as the world gets warmer. Scientists say


they do not know if Hurricane Sue will become more frequent but they


do think they will become more violent. One of the things we know


about climate change is a warmer atmosphere can hold more water. That


means when a hurricane hits, more rain can come out of it and cause


more flooding and that is one thing we definitely know and another thing


is the warmer oceans feed the hurricanes, they are the energy


source so I warmer ocean will lead to stronger hurricanes. This comes


as the people of Texas are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey


last month. There are plenty of quiet years but this one is shaping


up to be one of the most violent on record. This sequence shows how


right behind Irma there is another distinctive swirl of clouds-


Hurricane Jose. The research patrols have been kept busier than ever


before. David Shukman, BBC News. Today marks another milestone


in Britain's Brexit journey. MPs have started debating a bill


that will repeal the 1972 Act of Parliament that took Britain


into the European Union. The bill will also convert all EU


legislation into UK law. Finally - and this is controversial


- it includes new powers for ministers to alter laws


without full Parliamentary scrutiny. Labour has already said it


will not support the Bill. Our political editor,


Laura Kuenssberg, From Brussels to Westminster, laws


have landed here from the continent for 44 years. Today's government


bill will use 66 pages to try to transfer all of it. With 28 clauses,


the Withdrawal Bill, it cuts and pastes the European real on two


hours but if the government riles just six rebels, they would face


defeat. Villagers say it is nothing to worry about, just a paper


exercise. Opponents fear on these harmless looking pages there is a


power grab on a huge scale. European Union Withdrawal Bill, second


reading. But sadly, this bill is an essential step. Whilst it does not


take us out of the European Union, that is for Article 50, it does


ensure that on the day we leave, businesses know where they stand,


workers' rights are upheld and consumers remain protected. This


bill is vital to ensure that as we leave, we do so in an orderly


manner. But there is so much to sort out that affects all of our lives,


the government says there is no time for MPs to take over every detail so


ministers will be able to make tweaks here and there. That gives


them the same power as medieval monarchs, says Labour. The combined


effect of the provisions of this bill would reduce MPs to spectators


as power poured into the hands of ministers and the Executive. It is


an unprecedented power grab, rule by decree is an affront to Parliament


and accountability. Though the arguments are plenty, in the Commons


and in the Lords, and esters privately concede they will have to


give some ground but they also know that it is far from the only scrap


they face either at home or abroad. If talks about the overall Brexit


deal are going well, the official negotiator in Brussels did a good


job of hiding it this morning. Complaining about the British


unwillingness to talk about the cash. TRANSLATION: I have been very


disappointed in the British position, there is a problem of


confidence, accusing the UK of backtracking. Closer to home, a


letter doing the rounds among Tory MPs has been linked to the BBC.


Dozens of Brexit supporters demanding the Prime Minister sticks


to a crisp exit and not a longer, softer transition. Warning ministers


they must not allow the country to be kept in the EU by stealth. It was


circulated, if not signed, by a junior member of the government. Let


us take very explicitly that we are in favour of leaving the single


market and the Customs Union. He want to take back control of our


laws. We want a strictly time-limited transition period, we


want to be able to strike free trade agreements with the rest of the


world. All of that is consistent with government policy. Remain Tory


MPs don't buy that, during Conservative divisions could burst


again. In the Tory Party, in Parliament and in the power struggle


but the EU... No Brexit! Not much chance of keeping the peace. Laura


Kuenssberg, BBC News, Westminster. While MPs have been debating here,


the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has been


speaking in Brussels. Our correspondent,


Damian Grammaticas, We have also heard about some


personal remarks being made about David Davis? Yes, you're right. This


is internal minutes, official documents from the EU published


today of official conversations between Michel Barnier, the chief


negotiator, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the commission.


This is in July after the opening round of negotiations when they are


discussing David Davis. Both of them questioning his approach to the


talks, particularly the idea that he would come for an opening session,


return to London, let the negotiators get on with things, come


back for a closing session at the end of the week. Michel Barnier he


needed someone high level to resolve political questions with. Today they


simply said they had no problems. Michel Barnier did say he had big


issues with the substance at the minute, so on Ireland the questions


about the border - he said the UK had to put forward proposals on how


to sort that out. The onus is on the UK, and on money he said there was a


legal basis for every euro the EU is asking for, that David Cameron had


approved the EU budget, and that all of that he said had to be honoured


because the current UK approach to question legality was extremely


negative for the outcome of these talks. Back to you. Thank you very


much. Hurricane Irma leaves a trail


of devastation in its wake - at least nine people are known


to have died in the Caribbean. England take charge of the deciding


Test against the West Indies. Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News,


Ben Stokes takes six Jimmy Anderson still


needs one for 500. All of the details in


Sportsday at 6:30pm. If you go by the headlines, we


should all be worried about crime. But do we really understand how


likely we are to be victims? The BBC has launched


this new tool online - You put in some details


about your gender, age, and where you live, and it'll show


you how likely you are to It's been launched in


conjunction with the Office for National Statistics,


whose figures suggest that there is a gap between how


we perceive the risk of crime, Our Home Affairs Correspondent


Dominic Casciani reports. We watch it on TV, it's


in the papers, and we talk Surveys show many of us fear that


crime is growing nationwide. The BBC's crime calculator gives


you a more accurate idea So here in Reading, were people's


perceptions on target? Friends Omar and Victor


are soon off to university, and they have both been


victims of crime. My friend here, Victor,


he had his bike stolen from this But you personally, you never had


anything specific like a bike stolen I got my mobile nicked


here as well, actually. So how does Omar compare


to the national average? A higher risk of being


a victim of robbery, I didn't expect that, actually,


for that to come out if I'm Statistics show that young men


are more at risk of crime. But as you get older,


you actually become safer. Yeah, that is quite surprising,


because you might expect older people to be more vulnerable


to certain types of crime. The truth is, that as we get older,


we live gentler and safer lives. We learn how to protect


ourselves from crime. June, from the bowls club,


has been a victim of online fraud. So how likely is she to be a victim


of face-to-face crime? The calculator shows that people


like her have a low risk. It's absolutely brilliant,


I can rest in my bed Most of us get on with our daily


lives without being too concerned about crime in our neighbourhoods,


but official figures show that there is a real perception


gap between the sexes. Men are the most likely victims,


yet they worry the least. Women worry more, even though


they are often safer Official surveys show that our fear


of crime is influenced by the media, and what we see in the wider


world around us. We cannot know for sure whether it


will happen to us because many victims and offences simply are not


included in the figures. But most experts still say that we


are safer than we used to be. A brief look at some of the day's


other news stories... The United Nations says that nearly


a quarter of a million Muslim Rohingyas have


fled their homes in Myanmar for Two thirds of those have escaped


in the last two weeks after attacks by Rohingya militants led


to army reprisals. One in five people who are gay,


lesbian or bisexual have experienced hate crime in the last year,


according to new figures, but the vast majority don't


report it to the police. The charity Stonewall says three out


of five gay men don't feel comfortable holding their partner's


hand in the street. Premier League clubs have voted


to close the summer transfer window earlier from the start


of next season. The new deadline will be 5pm


on the Thursday before the start Universities in England could face


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


than the Prime Minister's salary A new regulator for students


will also force universities to publish details of all senior


staff earning over ?100,000 a year. Our Education Editor


Branwen Jeffreys is here. Why has this row blown up now? Term


is about to start with people packing their bags for university


and this year students in England will be facing tuition fees of


?9,250. All of that money goes straight to universities so today


the Minister Joe Johnson was saying to vice chancellors, you have got to


justify what you do with that and that includes your own salaries. On


average 250,000 but some up to ?400,000 a year. The promised too


that the regulator will look at whether they are handing out too


many top degrees. Why now? One reason possibly the Government has


to make a tough decision in the next week or so, to decide whether to let


fees go up with inflation again next year when they reach ?9,500. Thank


you. Prince George had his first


day at school today. The four-year-old is


attending Thomas's School in Battersea, South London,


where he'll be known to his He was dropped off by Prince William


but the Duchess of Cambridge missed the occasion, as she's


suffering from severe morning 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. School caps and formality were much


in evidence in 1957, when the Queen took Prince Charles for his first


day at his prep school. Charles was in fact


the first heir to the throne to go to school rather


than to be tutored privately. Fast forward 30 years and George's


school offers a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on sport


and human values. It's a choice of school


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


it's 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. England's cricketers made a strong


start to the third and decisive Test match at Lord's today,


bowling out James Anderson, meanwhile,


began the match trying to reach 500 wickets in Test matches -


he needed just three more today. This man prepared for the match


with no plans for retirement. This man arrived at Lord's knowing


it was his final test, Henry Blofeld of Test Match Special,


dressed to stop the traffic It's very good to be


here, old thing. Do we hope for something of


a West Indies revival to continue? I do, it would be lovely


if they won the series. It would do their cricket


so much good, wouldn't it? There's widespread goodwill


towards sportsmen representing the Caribbean, especially


at this time. But runs in a Test match


are hard earned, especially Test wickets number 498


and 499 came before lunch, The thing is - other England


bowlers were excelling. Ben Stokes was making the ball


swerve and swing like never before. As wickets fell to others, Anderson


was desperately trying to get one. The West Indies were nine down,


another for Stokes. So, are you going to give me


a chance to get my 500th? Next ball 123 all out,


and Stokes's career-best figures. Six wickets for 22, and the biggest


compliment anyone could pay? It's a team game and you only win


Test matches by batting well. England right now certainly are not,


and Ben Stokes instead of resting right now is batting. And just about


surviving. And you're going to start with


Hurricane Irma. Absolutely. Having caused widespread


catastrophic destruction to parts of the Caribbean, there will be


residents feeling very worried at the moment in the Turks and Caicos


Islands and also the Bahamas, as Hurricane Irma bears down on them.


The main core of this hurricane will be close enough to bring torrential


falls of rain and a similar picture too in Cuba. It across the Turks and


Caicos Islands that in the next six hours we will see a direct hit. With


winds gusting to 212 mph, a storm surge 20 foot high summer three


times my height, we will see further catastrophic damage here in the


Turks and Caicos Islands, then Florida later this weekend. Here in


the UK meanwhile it has been a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain


pushing southwards and that will continue overnight tonight. The


heaviest rain sinking southwards into Wales across the Midlands, and


by the end of the night reaching southern counties of England. All


the while, some brisk winds blowing in showers across the rest of the UK


but at least the winds will keep the temperature is up, 15 degrees the


most. This rain could be heavy with thunder and gusty winds as well. To


the north of the weather front, widespread showers and in between


those showers probably only limited bright spells, probably the best of


these across north-east England, where some could stay dry but I


wouldn't bet on it. 15 degrees in Glasgow, perhaps feeling autumn has


set in place, and more coming this weekend with low pressure still with


us, widespread showers in the forecast, often cloudy and becoming


increasingly windy with gales in the second half of the weekend. We will


be keeping a close eye on what Hurricane Irma has been up to and we


will keep the progress of that storm up-to-date on the BBC weather


website. There is also more on the BBC Twitter feed.


Hurricane Irma leaves a trail of devastation in its wake -


at least nine people are known to have died in the Caribbean.


It's goodbye from me, and on BBC One we now join the BBC's