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Hurricane Irma continues its deadly rampage across the Caribbean,


and now there's another hurricane coming up behind it.


In Barbuda, where there's already overwhelming destruction,


a mass evacuation is happening now to escape a second hit.


Everything just started to decay and just crumble.


What have you eaten in the last few days?


Hardly anything, because there's nothing to eat.


Britain has begun sending aid to the British Overseas Territories


in the region, devastated by the hurricane.


Irma's heading for Florida, where those who can are leaving.


Others are hunkering down and hoping for the best.


This storm is wider than our entire state and is expected to cause major


and life-threatening impacts from coast-to-coast.


We'll have the very latest from the affected region,


and looking at whether worse is yet to come.


The worst earthquake in a century hits Mexico.


Dozens are known to have been killed.


How more and more of us are being prescribed and becoming


And the 13-year-old girl whose organs have been transplanted


into a record eight people after her death.


England's cricketers dodge the rain at Lord's to eke out a slender lead


in the deciding Test against West Indies.


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


Hurricane Irma has torn across the Caribbean, leaving death


So far at least 19 people have been killed and more


The massive storm, one of the most powerful Atlantic


hurricanes ever recorded, has passed through the Turks


and Caicos, and Haiti, after causing widespread damage


It's forecast to pass between Cuba and the Bahamas tonight,


before hitting the United States over the weekend.


And there's another hurricane coming up behind Irma in the Atlantic.


Jose has strengthened to a category four, driving winds of 125mph.


Forecasters warn it could strengthen still further.


Our correspondent Laura Bicker is the first journalist


the Islanders are racing to evacuate before Hurricane Jose makes


The island of Barbuda was once a Caribbean paradise. Now it is lost.


Hurricane Irma has reduced it to rubble. Homes are unrecognisable.


The ruins lie scattered, torn and ripped apart. Having survived the


worst storm in living memory, and knowing another is on the way,


people are exhausted, hungry and just desperate to leave. Barbuda has


just gone. What do you do now? I don't know, I'm just waiting to get


evacuated from here and then I'm going to try and come back and try


and salvage something and help. I don't know. My whole life is here,


so... We are not coping, definitely not coping. Everybody will tell you


the same, they are not coping. Everyone is in the same situation


and nobody can help one another. We will get you off the island to


safety and you will be taken care of. The Prime Minister has travelled


from neighbouring Antigua to provide some assurance. He knows it is a


race against time before Hurricane Jose arrives in a few hours. We


heard him haggling for every boat, helicopter or plane to help with the


evacuation. Kanik land? But fear starts to spread that not everyone


will get out in time. This woman has been told she does not have a place


on the next boat. The sheer, horrifying scale of the devastation


here means barely a building is salvageable. That means the whole


island will have to be rebuilt, and the government has already admitted


it simply doesn't have the money. The Prime Minister knows he will


need to find funds from somewhere. We are hoping that friendly


governments and international partners will step up to the plate


and assist us. They should not see this as a form of the Prime Minister


and the people coming with a begging bowl, cap in hand. This is a


disaster, a national disaster of epic proportions, and we really need


external assistance. This is not a want, it is a need. Fragments of


people's lives lie in ruins. They can only hope that one day they will


once again call the island home, but for now they must leave by any means


possible, including this barge. And they do not know when they will


return. The first two of three RAF flights


has been sent to the Caribbean as the Government steps up


the relief effort to A ship from the Royal Fleet


Auxilliary is now travelling to the British Virgin Islands,


where a state of emergency Nick Bryant is in the Bahamas,


which are facing storm Nick, what are the


preparations there? Fiona, the priority here is to


evacuate those outlying smaller islands of this archipelago that are


in the direct path of Hurricane Irma. Because in the past few


minutes the Prime Minister of this country has been telling his people


that the Bahamas faces the same destructive wind, the same district


of storm surge as that have caused such devastation elsewhere. The


Turks and Caicos. The Turks and Caicos,


where the palm trees that usually attract people to these islands


reeled under the violent A storm people here had been


tracking through satellite images, a monster hurricane that has looked


terrifying from space. Now a horrifying,


on-the-ground, reality. Picture postcard holiday


destinations like the British Virgin This UK territory has now declared


a state of emergency. The Bahamas is starting


to be blasted. The only sightseeing this morning,


from the relative safety of the balcony, watching


the approaching storm. Old imperial buildings that have


stood for centuries in this former British colony are braced


and shuttered, Elton Smith had only just finished


rebuilding his business from the last hurricane that caused


such devastation less This is one of the worst


storms in living memory, so you have to get as much together


as you can and plan for the worst, There are five low-lying


islands in this archipelago which the authorities


are particularly concerned about, which is why the government here has


ordered the biggest evacuation But there are fears already


for people who have stayed behind, people who have defied those


evacuation orders, people who believe they can


ride out this storm. In hurricane hit Saint Martin,


this natural disaster has been exacerbated by the man-made


problem of looting. Which is why, in the Dutch


part of this territory, the streets are being patrolled


by troops who could be helping As for Britain, it has a ship loaded


with aid off the island of Anguilla, but the UK aid effort has been


criticised as too slow. RAF planes carrying equipment


are now on their way. The constraint is


about understanding What we don't want to do is rush


in with the wrong kind of support, so from a military point of view,


it's very important we understand the effects of the hurricane,


where is open to us, where can we get to safely,


and that is what we have been doing Now we are ready to make the right


judgments about where we can most So far it is small Caribbean islands


like Saint Barts that have been hit and deluged,


but all the time, Irma is barrelling towards the American mainland,


threatening destruction The Governor of Florida has


warned its 20 million residents that they should all be prepared


to evacuate in the face of Hurricane Irma, which is wider


than the entire state. Around 500,000 people have already


been ordered to leave their homes and the highways have been clogged


with cars making their Our correspondent Aleem Maqbool


reports from Miami. They are now calling this one


of the biggest mass evacuations The roads heading out


of Southern Florida are clogged, This is a storm of absolutely


historic destructive potential. I ask everyone in the storm's path


to be vigilant and to heed all recommendations from government


officials and law enforcement. Nothing is more important than the


safety and security of our people. At Miami's airport, people scramble


for the last chance to get out Basically most of the flights


are sold out so we're not The worst case scenario that we're


going to get hit by a hurricane and it's terrifying and we're


going to be stuck here for weeks, I had to purchase another ticket


yesterday costing $8500 to go one way back to London and I've


already paid once. So, I'm just hoping they're


going to get me on this plane. The area of Miami normally


packed with tourists is within the evacuation zone


and has been left It's just extraordinary to see


Miami's iconic South Beach as deserted as this,


but it is an indication of just how seriously people


here are taking the warnings, particularly having seen the type


of destruction that's been wrought If they are coming here,


it's to fill pillowcases with sand to barricade their homes before


Irma hits. Donald Trump himself


will be affected. His Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago,


has been forced to close and is in the projected path


of the storm. The National Guard has


been deployed here. They're stockpiling commodities that


could become scarce in the coming days like drinking water,


but they're also preparing for what's likely to be


a massive rescue operation. Right across this State,


there's a sense that time is running Aleem Maqbool, BBC News,


in Miami, Florida. And as if the destruction


in the Caribbean wasn't bad enough, an earthquake has hit Mexico,


it's being described It had a magnitude of eight


and struck just off the Pacific Buildings shook in the capital,


Mexico City, hundreds of miles away. The tremor is reported to have


lasted about a minute. A bowling alley in Chiapas,


the closest state to This is a country used


to earthquakes, but not 600 miles away, the tremors


rocked Mexico city. Frightened, some people


preferred to stay outdoors. Many can still remember


the earthquake of 1985 which was similar in magnitude,


and which killed I never felt anything


so scary in my life. It was small at first, but then it


started shaking a lot and it felt As pictures have emerged


from the most severely hit areas, the death toll has


continued to rise. The fear is there may be


more shocks to come. TRANSLATION: So far there have


been 65 aftershocks. However, it's possible that over


the next 24 hours we could see a shock that's as strong


as the earthquake. In less than a minute,


Juchitan's town hall was reduced to rubble and at least 17


of its citizens were killed. Daylight has revealed the extent


of the devastation and the huge effort which will be


required to rebuild. The use of potentially addictive


painkillers across England has doubled in the last 15 years,


according to a leading health group. 50,000 patients were studied


who were prescribed at least one of four types


of potentially addictive drugs. Opioid painkillers, such


as codeine and tramadol, In 2015 they were issued


to one patient in 20, The length of time people


are being prescribed opioid pain killers has also increased,


from just over two months in 2000, to a peak of over


three months in 2014. Our health correspondent


Dominic Hughes has been meeting some of those whose lives have been


shattered by a growing dependence A few months before,


I was this normal guy, working full-time, with kids


and a wife, and happy. And then all of a sudden,


I'm basically a drug addict. A routine prescription drug led


James to the brink of destruction. We'll have a look


at your urine test. He's now getting help to deal


with a crippling addiction to powerful opioid painkillers,


commonly prescribed drugs James' problems started


with severe stomach aches. And the painkillers he was


prescribed quickly stopped working. Desperate for pain relief,


he was soon spending ?400 a month on additional supplies


from online pharmacies. He went from taking


eight pills a day to 50, and almost before he knew it,


his life had spiralled I thought it would be fine, I would


be on the tablets short-term. Before I knew it,


I couldn't get off them. For James, the side-effects


were terrible. Headaches, nausea, constipation,


and then a series of seizures It can ruin your life


without you knowing, because I do believe that probably


within a year if I had carried on taking the same amounts,


or increasing, it probably Research in just a handful of GP


practices in James' town alone identified more than 100 people


dependant upon painkillers. But responsibility for helping them


falls between the NHS and local councils, and schemes like the one


that James is on are rare. The key seems to be a better


understanding of the nature of pain. That's what they are trying


in Gloucestershire. Talking to doctors and pharmacists


about pain management, as well as identifying and helping


patients who are struggling. Most people with persistent pain


will describe it as severe. No one should stop their medication


before seeking the advice of their GP, but one


of the country's leading pain experts says it is clear that


patients using opioid drugs for a long time are often getting


little benefit but suffer I'm not suggesting that somebody


who is benefiting should have their drugs removed,


but out of a population who are taking these drugs,


the majority will not be benefiting, and those patients should


be supported to come Playing Jenga here


at her grandma's... Steven Jones knows just how


devastating it can be when the use of opioid painkillers


is not monitored closely. An accidental overdose


killed his 24-year-old daughter, Sarah, after her use escalated


dramatically. Stephen took the call


from a paramedic. I had never felt like


that ever in my life. It was literally the worst


day of my life, that. I hope I never have


to go through it again. No father expects to be


at their child's funeral. Stephen Jones talking to Dominic


Hughes. There is an exodus from Florida as


the US braces for hurricane Irma, and another hurricane is coming


behind it. And still to come, the couple


injured in the Manchester Arena bombing return for the first time


ahead of its reopening. Coming-up in Sportsday


on BBC News... Britain's Chris Froome


is on course for more history making, as the four-time Tour de


France champion is on the brink of Young offenders from ethnic


minorities will become the next generation of criminals,


unless the justice That's according to a review


by a Labour MP, that recommends delaying


or dropping some prosecutions. David Lammy's report highlights


how 25% of the prison population in England and Wales


is from Black Asian In the youth justice system


last year, that figure was 41%, compared to 14%


of the general population. And for drug offences those


from BAME backgrounds were almost two and a half times more likely


to be imprisoned. The government has said it will


"look carefully" at the suggestions, There is no hope in


the system, basically. 70% of those behind


bars are from an ethnic According to today's


review, the criminal justice system is


stacked against them. Looking at preconceptions,


stuff like that. Stefan is serving six years


for drug offences, but believes he is also being punished


because of the colour of his skin. I've met people the past


when I first started my sentence, that got less time


than me for a worse crime. We're saying drugs,


but a lot worse than I've done, but they got a shorter


sentence than I have. According to the Lammy review,


statistically the UK is worse than America when it comes


to locking up people from ethnic When we are describing


groups of young ethnic minorities, in particular black,


the term gang is used. Swathes of young people


who may not necessarily be serious gang members,


they may be affiliated, loosely affiliated to a gang,


they may live in a gang neighbourhood, they may have been


incorrectly labelled with that term, At Brixton police station, Shaquille


is taking part in a rehabilitation scheme called divert, which helps


offenders find training I'm surprised that I have seen


people of 11 and 12 selling weed on In certain places where you go to,


people grow up with that mentality that they are


on the battlefield. As a young person to get


involved in crime is just to The review has more than 30


recommendations for change. Proposals include removing


identifying information about ethnicity when cases are passed


from police to prosecutors, so racial bias doesn't


influence charging decisions. And not declaring criminal


records for minor If I go for a job and I show


them my criminal history record, whatever, they'd be like,


"Yeah, this person, The government says


it is committed to making Reviews and recommendations


are a start. Now actions are needed to reform


the character and culture of parts Victims of the Manchester Arena


attack have been back to the venue They made a private visit ahead


of the We Are Manchester benefit concert tomorrow -


the Arena's first show since May, when 22 people were killed


when a bomb was detonated Judith Moritz joined one couple


who were injured that night. Quite anxious, you know,


I'm going to see this I don't know how I'm going to feel


when I walk in there. Robbie and Leonora are on a long


road to recovery, but this part of their journey


is especially daunting. They're being taken back to


the arena where they were injured. They hope that seeing it


again will help them come to terms with the experience


of the explosion. Their physical injuries are obvious,


but there's emotional hurt too. The couple left us to visit


the scene in privacy. The shattered roof and damaged walls


of the lobby are now hidden Many of the bomb victims have chosen


to see it in the hope that it can Concert goers will be allowed back


into the building tomorrow for the first gig to be held


since the attack. Manchester Arena has been closed


for nearly four months. In reopening it this weekend


the operators have had to balance the commercial pressures


of continuing to cancel events with the sensitivities felt by some


of those bereaved and caught up After spending an hour


looking at the lobby, How did you find


the experience today? When I started walking up,


I will be honest, I started filling up and I asked the police officer


where was the bomber? Because I had seen him and I got


showed where he was standing when the bomb went off,


this distance, he was Yeah, I always thought


he was ten meters away, I couldn't believe that we were


actually beside the bomber I got these injuries,


but I don't feel so lucky though because knowing


he was beside me, we're still alive. It brings back,


you know, that night. It was hard, but the couple


are glad they went. They say they know


it was help them heal. Cricket, England bowler


Jimmy Anderson has taken his 500th Test wicket, in the third Test


against West Indies at Lord's. Anderson is the first English player


to reach the milestone. Few moments ago West Indies were


30-2 in their second innings. A 13-year-old girl who died


from a brain aneurysm has helped a record eight people,


including five children, Jemima Layzell, from


Somerset, died in 2012. Her parents said she was clever,


compassionate and creative - and would have been "very


proud of her legacy". It was just before her mum's


birthday party five years ago that She had an aneurysm that had


never been diagnosed. Doctors tried to save her life,


but her parents were We had seen the scans


and there was such a huge shadow on the left side of her brain


and she would never ever recover. By chance Jemima had spoken


to her parents about organ donation just a few days


before she collapsed. When she died they felt they had


to follow the schoolgirl's wishes. She did specifically


say that she wanted How did you make the


decision when you knew It made that decision


so much easier. It is like an automatic thing yes,


absolutely because that's Five years on Jemima's family have


been told that her organs including her heart,


lungs and kidneys have helped more What kind of comfort does it give


you to know that there are eight people out there whose lives have


either been saved That's hugely comforting


and it is exciting to know that life is continuing


because of her. Her legacy, her name, will continue


because she hasn't died in vain. Freddie is one of


those Jemima saved. He had been given just


weeks to live before he received her liver


in a transplant. This week he started


secondary school. Thank you, but that just doesn't


seem enough because you're grateful that they actually stuck to Jemima's


wishes and let her donate her organs which allowed our child to live,


but for our child to live, So it's really tough,


but we can never be thankful enough. This month the two


families will meet for the first time at a charity ball


organised in Jemima's memory. Her parents know that


not everyone would make the decision they did,


but with more than 6,000 people waiting for transplants,


they're now campaigning for more of us to


register as donors. And all eyes on the Atlantic


and the new hurricane coming up Yes. What an incredible satellite


image. It shows the sheer scale of the storm. There is Cuba, there is


Florida. Both in the path of this storm. Winds more than 150 miles


per. It could strengthen before making landfall this weekend in


Florida. Potentially more catastrophic damage to come.


Low-pressure close to our shores this weekend. Lots of showers around


at the moment. Some particularly heavy ones in southern counties.


They will gradually ease away. Still showers towards the north and West.


North-west England and north-west Wales, maybe the north-west of the


Midlands, could see heavy bursts of lengthy rain, while central and


eastern areas are clear. Further north you may be lucky enough to see


glimpses of the aurora borealis. If you are heading out, wrap up well. A


chilly start to the weekend. A cool weekend across the UK. Further rain


at times. Through the weekend turning increasingly windy,


particularly on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday we have got a dry and


bright start. In the West, plenty of showers. Particularly wet in


north-west England and north-west Midlands. Showers developing across


England and Wales. Slow-moving showers across northern England and


the Midlands. They could be heavy and sundry. Northern Ireland and


Western Scotland, fewer showers than today. Even here, you will notice a


chill. Skies clear for a time for the next area of low-pressure


waiting in the wings. You may start off dry and bright on Sunday, but


becoming cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading east. Temperatures


pretty disappointing. If anything, the winds could get stronger. The


first proper autumn winds of the season. A mixture of sunshine and


showers. Enjoy your weekend. That's all from the BBC News at Six,


so it's goodbye from me,