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Hurricane Irma hits, and leaves a trail of devastation.
The eastern Caribbean islands were first in line for a battering.
We had cars flying over our heads, 40-ft containers
And all we had to do was pray and call for help.
As the scale of the devastation in Barbuda is becoming clear,
Irma is headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
This is what they were escaping - the homes of Myanmar's Rohingya
The number who've fled to Bangladesh reaches almost 150,000.
We report from the largest official detention centre in Libya,
where the BBC found desperate conditions.
For many who set out hoping to get to Europe, who took the risk with
their lives of trying to cross the Mediterranean, this is where the
dream of reaching Italy has come to an end.
Hello, and welcome to World News Today.
Hurricane Irma - one of the strongest ever recorded
in the Atlantic Ocean - has left a swathe of destruction
in its path as it sweeps across the eastern Caribbean.
At least ten people are known to have died.
The islands of Barbuda and St Martin were first to feel the full force
Then came Puerto Rico, and now it's heading northwest
towards Cuba and Florida. The category five hurricane has
disrupted communications, making it difficult to get
information from some of the worst hit places.
In Puerto Rico, 70% of the population have
Our correspondent Laura Bicker was on the island when Irma struck.
Hurricane Irma, as storm the size of France, has carved a destructive
In Puerto Rico, three people were killed as winds
As daylight came and the clear-out began, most felt lucky to have
I prayed, go, don't come here no more.
This family told me they felt blessed to be
This family told me they felt blessed to be alive,
was downed power lines and fallen trees in the street.
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,
On the tiny island of Barbuda, barely a building
Thousands of families find themselves homeless.
My house, I lose my home, I lose my shop.
And right now, I don't have nowhere to go to sleep.
We had cars flying over our heads, 40 foot containers
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
The Prime Minister said the island was barely habitable.
In neighbouring St Martin, the full force of the eye of
Winds of 185 mph hammered the island.
More than 70,000 people live in this area, which is made of Dutch
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 clear-up,
and has already set up a reconstruction fund.
In the British territory of Anguilla, the UK response
The only hospital has been badly damaged, and residents say they need
A British task force is on its way there,
including Royal Marines and army engineers.
Efforts are also under way to get supplies to the
The French government says the priority is making sure people
The British Virgin Islands is the latest place to be pummelled.
It is a tropical paradise transformed.
She has maintained her wind speeds, and is barrelling
towards another British territory - the low-lying Turks
The US sunshine state of Florida will be next in her sights.
They are nervous, after watching others endure her wrath.
Laura Bicker reporting from Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Irma is now the longest lasting category five
superstorm 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.
A menacing swirl of cloud stretching over the Caribbean.
This view from space of Hurricane Irma shows
If it was over Britain, it would cover most of the country.
A brave flight crew ventures right inside.
And facing them are the staggeringly large walls
This hurricane has set a new record for having dangerously fast winds
On the ground, the effect is shattering.
This part of the world knows all about hurricanes, and early
warning has definitely saved lives, but this one is stronger than most.
So, how do hurricanes become so destructive?
The strongest, like Irma, form off the coast of West Africa,
warm waters caused the air to rise, triggering thunderstorms
and that is when the winds can circulate,
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 boost
as it passes over yet more warm water.
And ocean temperatures are unusually high this year, making the winds
On top of this, the low pressure inside the hurricane
creates a storm surge - a huge wave that strikes the coast.
And because climate change is raising the level of the sea,
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
Scientists say they do not know if hurricanes 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
That means when a hurricane hits, more rain can
and cause more flooding, and that is one thing we definitely
And another thing is the warmer oceans feed the hurricanes,
they are the energy source, so a warmer ocean will lead
This comes as the people of Texas are still recovering
There are plenty of quiet years, but this one is shaping up to be one
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.
Well, are is now crossing to the north of the Dominican Republic,
heading for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Emergency officials admit
they are anxious about writing out the storm. Doctor John Freeman is
the governor of the British territory.
Of course, everyone is nervous and anxious here.
But, we've made the preparations we should do.
We've evacuated, we ordered the evacuation of two islands.
We've got our shelters operating and people going into them.
We're messaging out as best we can to make sure people do that.
Yesterday, we spent a lot of time encouraging visiting tourists to get
We've reduced the number of people who are here who don't live
So, yes, we're anxious, and we're going to have to ride it out.
And, you know, this is a country that's been hit
And therefore, you know, a surge means more water coming
on here, which means more flooding, which causes more problems in terms
of utilities and the functioning of the islands.
Those in the most low-lying are the ones who also have
vulnerable structures, and we've been encouraging them
As I say, they are moving into the shelters now.
Along with the surge you mentioned, of course it's the wind speed
that we are waiting to see what the impact of that is.
And I'm afraid we're not really going to know this
until of course it's hit us, but already we can see
We are already within the frame, she's already touching us remotely.
The United Nations says as many as 164,000 Rohingya Muslims,
mostly civilians, have now fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar
The exodus was sparked by a crackdown by Burmese security
forces after Rohingya militants attacked police posts.
Our correspondent Justin Rowlatt has been to a refugee camp in Teknaf,
Their shoes lost in the mud on the long journey here.
This is an exodus on a truly massive scale.
The truth is, no-one knows for certain how many Rohingya
refugees have crossed the border here to Bangladesh.
We've joined this kind of river of humanity,
because we've been told a refugee camp has erupted in
Apparently thousands of people have come here and made camp.
A UN official was told there were 15,000 people here.
She told the BBC she couldn't say how many refugees have
And everyone has a horrific story to tell.
TRANSLATION: My three sons were taken.
Villages burning, allegedly torched by soldiers from the Myanmar army.
TRANSLATION: Lots, lots, lots of people died.
And then they shot us from helicopters and from the ground.
Mr Shafiq saw some appalling scenes on his long trek.
Bodies floating in the river, Rohingya refugees drowned
the barbed wire fence that marks the border with Bangladesh.
The BBC cannot verify any of this footage,
but the stories the refugees tell are remarkably similar.
They've been driven from their homes into this.
Into what is a rapidly escalating humanitarian disaster.
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, says a planned
referendum on independence by the autonomous region
Central government in Madrid is taking steps to prevent
the vote from taking place, after Catalan lawmakers voted
The region voted overwhelmingly for independence in 2014
in an unofficial election, which was unrecognised by Madrid.
The EU's Security Commissioner has warned that there's a real risk that
so-called Islamic State will increase funding
Julian King said that as IS loses ground militarily in Iraq and Syria,
it's moving money out of the region, which could lead to an influx
of cash for terrorism in European states.
A son of the Philippine president has denied involvement
in a multi-million-dollar drug smuggling operation.
Paolo Duterte told a Senate hearing the allegations
against him were baseless, although he refused
His father, President Rodrigo Duterte, launched a violent campaign
against drug crime last year, and has promised to resign
if any family members were involved in the trade.
Many migrants trying to reach Europe make the perilous crossing
But what about those who get caught before the journey?
We've gained access to Libya's largest official detention centre,
Many have suffered deeply traumatic experiences at the hands
of people-smugglers as they tried and failed to reach Europe.
The BBC's Orla Guerin has been inside the Triq al-Sikka
Well, for those being held in detention in Libya,
In this centre alone, there are more than 600 men being held.
There are women and children, even newborn babies,
The men here have asked us to show these conditions.
They are very anxious for all of this to be seen.
It's hot, it's airless, it's overcrowded.
At night, when everyone is jammed in and the doors are locked,
they tell us that some have to try to sleep standing up,
because there isn't even room to lie down.
The men here say there isn't enough food.
At breakfast, for example, all they're getting is a small roll
Now, the authorities who are in charge here tell us
they've run out of funding to pay the catering companies.
They say they are relying on donations from Libyan companies
The only hope of release for these men is to be deported back
Some of those here tell us they've been languishing in these conditions
Detainees in another centre told us the guards had demanded bribes
Some of these migrants have been bought and sold by different
Some have been forced into modern-day slave labour.
For many who set out hoping to get to Europe,
who took the risk with their lives of trying to cross
the Mediterranean, this is where the dream of reaching Italy
Today marks another milestone in Britain's Brexit journey -
MPs have started debating a Bill described by the Prime Minister
as an "essential step" on the way to leaving the EU.
The Bill aims to ensure that European law will no
longer apply in the UK, by repealing the act
of Parliament that took Britain into the European Union back in 1972.
The Bill will also convert all
current EU legislation into UK law - Government ministers say this
is to avoid a "cliff-edge" the day after Brexit.
Finally, and this is controversial, it includes new powers
for the Government to alter laws without full parliamentary scrutiny.
Opposition parties have already said they will not support the Bill.
Our Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg,
Ministers say there is nothing to worry about, there opponents say it
is a power grab. Put simply, this bill is an essential step. Whilst it
does not take us out of the European Union, that is a matter for the
Article 50 process, it does ensure that on the day with we leave,
businesses know where we stand. Consumers remain protected. But this
is so much to sort out the perfect all our lives. The Government says
there is not time for him is to be of every detail. So ministers will
be able to make tweaks here and there. That gives them the same
powers as medieval monarchs, Labour says. The combined effect of the
provisions of this bill would reduce MPs to spectators, power pawns into
the hands of ministers and the executives. It is an unprecedented
power grab. It is an affront to Parliament and accountabilities.
Bike ministers privately concede they will have to give some ground.
But they also know which is the only -- it is far from the only scrap the
fee. If talks about the overall Brexit deal going well, the official
negotiator in Brussels to do good job of hiding at this morning.
Complaining about the British unwillingness to talk about the
cash. TRANSLATION: I've been very
disappointed in the British position. There's problem of
confidence. He is accusing the UK of backtracking. Close to home, a
letter doing the rounds among Tory MPs has been leaked to the BBC.
Dozens of Brexit supporters demanding the Prime Minister sticks
to a crisp exit, not a longer, soft transition. Warning ministers they
must not allow the country to be kept in the EU by stealth. And was
circulated, if not signed, by a junior member of the government. The
letter says that we are in favour of leaving the Single Market and the
customs union, we 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. Remainer Tory MPs don't buy that,
fearing Conservative divisions could burst again. In the Tory Party, in
Parliament, and in the power struggle with the EU... No Brexit!
There's not much chance of keeping the peace.
As Parliament debates the bill, it is not making for happy watching
according to the chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. Damian Grammaticas
has more from Brussels. Well, what we've heard
from today here in Brussels is the chief negotiator,
Michel Barnier. He said that they were watching very
closely here the debates going on in the UK, because the UK,
he said, will have to come up The EU wants to know what sort
of future deal the UK wants to do with the Single Market,
the customs union, all And that will be crucial to what
sort of negotiations happen here. But for now, he pointed to some very
difficult issues he said On Ireland, the question
of the Northern Irish border, he said that he was very worried
by the proposals put forward He said they simply
weren't good enough. The UK's decision to quit the EU
and to quit the Single Market and customs union would,
he said, bring complications, The onus was on the UK
to come up with solutions On the issue of money,
the financial settlement, he said that the UK's approach
questioning the legality of what the EU says the UK's
obligations are was very negative Mr Barnier said that every euro
the EU is demanding, He said the EU budgets had been
approved by David Cameron when he was British Prime Minister,
also approved by the UK Parliament, and that there
was a legal basis for that. And he said in order to move forward
to discussing a future relationship, the EU has to see progress on those
other issues first. Facebook says it has discovered
a Russian-funded campaign to promote divisive social and political
messages on its network. It said there were about 3,000 ads
over a two-year period. The ads did not back any political
figures specifically, but instead posted on topics
including immigration, Our Silicon Valley reporter,
Dave Lee, has the story. Was in the wake of the US election
result when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was -
quote - "crazy" to think that misinformation or fake news
on Facebook could have But the company's own investigation
appears to have revealed those concerns were not too
crazy after all. It found thousands of ads directing
users to pages and profiles spreading misinformation
on the world's biggest The advertisements did not back any
political figure specifically, but instead posted inflammatory
statements on topics such as immigration,
race and equal rights. The company said it believed
the advertising was bought by a group in Russia known
as The Internet Research Agency. It's an outfit based
in St Petersburg, and known for flooding social media
with pro-Kremlin material. Facebook said it was cooperating
with US investigators, who are looking into the wider issue
of alleged Russian meddling Facebook is said to have now handed
over its data to Robert Mueller, that's the special counsel in charge
of that investigation. Prince George had his first
day at school today. The four-year-old is attending
Thomas's School in South London, where he'll be known
to his classmates He was dropped off by dad,
Prince William, but the Duchess of Cambridge missed the occasion
as she's suffering from severe morning sickness
due to her pregnancy. It is a daunting day
for any four-year-old, 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 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
in the reception class with him. 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 Charles was in fact the first heir
to the throne to go to school rather 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. Just to update you on our main news.
Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean,
has been making a path of destruction as it sweeps across the
eastern Caribbean. At least nine people are known to have died. It is
currently north of the Dominican Republic, heading towards Turks and
Caicos. Thanks very much for watching BBC World News Today.