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Tonight at Six - Hurricane Irma leaves a trail

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

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Reduced to rubble - nine out of ten buildings

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

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

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

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MPs clash over the Brexit Bill, which will transfer EU

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How likely are you to be a victim of crime?

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First day at school for Prince George -

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And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News...

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Premier League clubs vote to end the summer transfer window

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Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.

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Hurricane Irma - one of the strongest ever recorded

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in the Atlantic Ocean - has destroyed almost everything

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in its path as it sweeps across the eastern Caribbean.

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At least nine people are known to have been killed,

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

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Then came Puerto Rico and now it's heading northwest

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With phone lines down, roads destroyed by flooding

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and airports damaged, it's been difficult to get

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Our correspondent, Laura Bicker, reports from Puerto Rico.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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French territories. Shipping containers were tossed around like

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

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

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

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

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was criticised as pathetic and disgraceful. The only hospital has

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is barrelling towards another British territory- the low-lying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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an international effort involving travel agencies, international

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

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here to the capital in Havana. Thank you both.

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Hurricane Irma is now the longest lasting Category 5

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super-storm ever recorded, surpassing the record

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

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So why has it gathered so much energy?

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And are these types of storm becoming more frequent?

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Our science editor, David Shukman, explains.

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And menacing swirl of clouds stretching over the Caribbean. This

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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as the people of Texas are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey

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

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

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right behind Irma there is another distinctive swirl of clouds-

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

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

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

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that will repeal the 1972 Act of Parliament that took Britain

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

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legislation into UK law. Finally - and this is controversial

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- it includes new powers for ministers to alter laws

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without full Parliamentary scrutiny. Labour has already said it

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will not support the Bill. Our political editor,

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Laura Kuenssberg, From Brussels to Westminster, laws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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workers' rights are upheld and consumers remain protected. This

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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job of hiding it this morning. Complaining about the British

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

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disappointed in the British position, there is a problem of

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

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

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Dozens of Brexit supporters demanding the Prime Minister sticks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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speaking in Brussels. Our correspondent,

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Damian Grammaticas, We have also heard about some

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

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is internal minutes, official documents from the EU published

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today of official conversations between Michel Barnier, the chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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because the current UK approach to question legality was extremely

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

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much. Hurricane Irma leaves a trail

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

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

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

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Ben Stokes takes six Jimmy Anderson still

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needs one for 500. All of the details in

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

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

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likely we are to be victims? The BBC has launched

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this new tool online - You put in some details

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

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

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conjunction with the Office for National Statistics,

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whose figures suggest that there is a gap between how

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we perceive the risk of crime, Our Home Affairs Correspondent

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

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

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

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

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perceptions on target? Friends Omar and Victor

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are soon off to university, and they have both been

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victims of crime. My friend here, Victor,

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

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anything specific like a bike stolen I got my mobile nicked

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here as well, actually. So how does Omar compare

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to the national average? A higher risk of being

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

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

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

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

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because you might expect older people to be more vulnerable

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

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

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ourselves from crime. June, from the bowls club,

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

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

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

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

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lives without being too concerned about crime in our neighbourhoods,

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but official figures show that there is a real perception

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

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

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they are often safer Official surveys show that our fear

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

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world around us. We cannot know for sure whether it

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

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

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

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

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a quarter of a million Muslim Rohingyas have

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

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in the last two weeks after attacks by Rohingya militants led

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

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

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

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

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

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hand in the street. Premier League clubs have voted

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to close the summer transfer window earlier from the start

:20:30.:20:31.

of next season. The new deadline will be 5pm

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on the Thursday before the start Universities in England could face

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

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

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will also force universities to publish details of all senior

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

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

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is about to start with people packing their bags for university

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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you. Prince George had his first

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

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attending Thomas's School in Battersea, South London,

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

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

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suffering from severe morning It is a daunting day

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

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and George arrived looking, well, understandably a little nervous

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

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

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

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Kensington Palace, suffering Each day at Thomas's School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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rather more formal. A boys-only school complete

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with a school cap. School caps and formality were much

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

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day at his prep school. Charles was in fact

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the first heir to the throne to go to school rather

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

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school offers a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on sport

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and human values. It's a choice of school

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

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

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

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is one of the guiding principles for pupils here,

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together with courtesy and humility. All useful qualities

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for a future king. Nicholas Witchell,

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BBC News, Battersea. England's cricketers made a strong

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

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bowling out James Anderson, meanwhile,

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

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

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

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

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

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here, old thing. Do we hope for something of

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

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if they won the series. It would do their cricket

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

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towards sportsmen representing the Caribbean, especially

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at this time. But runs in a Test match

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are hard earned, especially Test wickets number 498

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

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bowlers were excelling. Ben Stokes was making the ball

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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surviving. And you're going to start with

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Hurricane Irma. Absolutely. Having caused widespread

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catastrophic destruction to parts of the Caribbean, there will be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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pushing southwards and that will continue overnight tonight. The

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heaviest rain sinking southwards into Wales across the Midlands, and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hurricane Irma leaves a trail of devastation in its wake -

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

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

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