this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 10: hurricane irma strengthens again, pounding cuba with winds of more than 160 miles per hour. next in harm's way: florida, where more than 5.5 million people have been told to leave their homes. we ca re we care about your safety, you've got to get prepared. if you're in an evacuation zone, you need to get out now. mexico declares a day of national mourning after the most earthquake its experienced in 80 years kills more than 60 people. also in the next hour — almost 300,00 rohingya muslims have now fled myanmar. the un calls for urgent action and warns of an unprecedented refugee crisis. and the manchester arena reopens tonight with a benefit concert more than three months after the terrorist attack which killed 22 people. good morning and
welcome to bbc news. hurricane irma is continuing to sweep its way across the caribbean on route to the us coast, leaving a path of devastation. cuba is the latest island to be hit. the category five storm made landfall off the north—eastern coast overnight bringing strong winds and heavy rain. communities have lost power and communication is becoming increasingly difficult in more remote areas. the bahamas have largely been spared after the storm changed track. this is irma's trajectory. it's expected to make landfall with us coast tomorrow, before heading inland. in florida, more than five million people have been told to evacuate. that's over a quarter of the population. and there's another hurricane coming up behind irma in the atlantic. jose has strengthened to a category four, driving winds
of 125 miles an hour — and forecasters warn it could strengthen still further. jane 0'brien reports from florida, where preparations are well under way. clouds gather over miami's south beach, all but deserted, as irma lurks on the horizon. millions of people have been asked to evacuate. irma has already devastated parts of the caribbean. barbuda is an island in survival mode, and now bracing for hurricane jose. i'm just waiting to get evacuated from here, and then i'm going to come back, and try and salvage something. and help. i don't know. my whole life is here, so... in florida, those images are a stark warning of what may come. miami is putting up shutters and preparing for the worst. these people on the beach are really the few diehards who, for one reason or another, have decided to stay put and wait out the storm. and even if they wanted to leave, at this point, quite frankly, it is probably too late.
even those who planned ahead found themselves caught, as airports closed, roads backed up, and hotels ran out of rooms. we care about your safety. you've got to get prepared. if you're in an evacuation zone, you need to get out now, and get either to a friend, a family, a hotel, a shelter. but get where you need to go, and do not wait. this is a storm not seen in a generation, since hurricane andrew laid waste to the state 25 years ago. irma is bigger, and unpredictable. different projections show various paths, but all life—threatening. on sunday, its full impact will be felt. jane 0'brien, bbc news, miami. thank you forjoining us. some
relief that things are not as bad as predicted? yes, thankfully we have been spared from the storm. it is north, north west. there was a touch of the south—eastern islands but generally, the rest of the bahamas, the northwest and where i am, they have been spared. how much preparation has there been an expectation that hurricane irma was going ahead? everybody took it seriously here. i would say 42— max 78 hours, in that time people were stocking up on everything. we were actually ahead of the storm, people we re actually ahead of the storm, people were putting up storm centres, and asi were putting up storm centres, and as i said before, we evacuated the south—eastern islands, particularly
on quaner, and the south—eastern islands nearer to the turks and caicos, we brought people there into the providence. we were well ahead this time. and what about the operation is helping other people in other parts of the region, more directly affected 7 other parts of the region, more directly affected? we are on stand—by, and are waiting until their request but we always help during hurricanes, we have a defence force of men and women and we send them over to help with area clean—up and make sure that they remain open. we do exactly the same thing. this is not our first radio. we do exactly the same thing. this is not ourfirst radio. we have some experience and will continue to help oui’ experience and will continue to help our caribbean partners who want us us to help. do you know what impact and damage was done on other islands? they have experienced tropicalforce winds. islands? they have experienced tropical force winds. there was a loss of life. one gentleman
reportedly trying to do some last minute prep, he fell off a ladder but that was about two or three hours before the storm hit. there we re hours before the storm hit. there were some gale force winds, and some rain. there was not extensive damage compared to what you were expecting. by compared to what you were expecting. by the time the store went north, north west. they have the out of bounds of the hurricane. for all intents and purposes, they have been spared a great deal of tropical pain. thank you so much for updating us on pain. thank you so much for updating us on that, youri kemp, who is in nassau in the bahamas. make 0liver for cbs is with us now. it looks windy where you are but not yet, and dou btless windy where you are but not yet, and doubtless that you are prepared for what will come in a few hours' time? that's right, it is still relatively mild here in miami. there is a light
breeze but nothing out of the ordinary. 0ff breeze but nothing out of the ordinary. off the coast, it's a much different story. as you know, hurricane irma slammed cuba as a category five and is expected to beat down on that island for hours before advancing to the florida keys with 106 two miles per hour winds. they are telling everybody to make sure that they are hunkered down. todayis sure that they are hunkered down. today is not the day to hit the highways and evacuate. nobody should be on the roads for hours today, authorities want people in the shelters or in safe places. the fear is after this storm hits they could lose power. it is estimated more than 9 million people could be in the dark four weeks. and there is talk of this being only one of three storms in the last 150 years to reach category five and hit the us. despite all of the previous experience in this situation, will it be enough to prepare people what are likely to experience? it is
difficult to imagine, the director of the most guaranteed that nobody in florida has ever experienced anything like hurricane irma. they had to evacuate the florida keys, they are in shock and they have spent days helping other people evacuate and they were left brazil because they haven't spent much time preparing themselves. they had to leave the florida keys yesterday and everybody i have spoken to, there are some people who feel safe, hunkered down in their homes. 0ne person said he felt like he was living in a bunker. nobody has ever lived in anything in this magnitude. hurricane andrew hit here. but this is so much bigger and so much stronger. meg oliver, thank you. miriam leiva is a journalist living
in the caribbean and joins us now. what has happened now that it has hit cuba? it has dropped to the northern coast of cuba. it is so wide, the wind and the rain, they are in the southern part of the island. and it is coming from the west and it is expected to reach havana tomorrow. it seems it isn't going to be so strong in havana but across the country, they have people who had to leave their homes. there is great destruction. i think that
people are safe, many people are with theirfamilies people are safe, many people are with their families and friends in shelters. but the destruction is going to be terrible. and the economic situation in cuba is very bad. great international aid and assistance is going to be needed. there is part of the coastline, the north—east, which is popular with the tourists, some big hotel resorts there. presumably the economic impact, even if there is comparatively limited damage for the people who have left the island hearing the impact of hurricane irma, that will be considerable? yes, in those places where there are hotels and construction in the northern part of the island, of course there will be problems in those places. my main concern,
although it is very important for tourists and the economy of the country, i'm very worried because of the people. and a threat to life. it's a very poor country. and as you say, people's homes and livelihoods, all caught up in this, potentially. hopefully the picture will become more clear as the day goes on. merrien leiva in havana, thank you for talking to us. and somebody a lot closer to the impact, dave 0a kley lot closer to the impact, dave 0akley from south yorkshire is on holiday in cuba, where are you? we are in vala rada, we got a bus on thursday afternoon. they made you because of the threat of the hurricane? yes. and what is the situation where you are now? at the
moment, i'm looking out the window, probably not the brightest thing! please keep back! we are told we had a tropical storm. there is no power in the room behind me. it seems the storm is just about setting in. in the room behind me. it seems the storm isjust about setting in. the trees are bending. there is considerable rain. and presumably you can hear it, the wind? how safe do you feel, do you feel comparatively less exposed ? yes, do you feel, do you feel comparatively less exposed? yes, we are comparatively less exposed? yes, we a re less comparatively less exposed? yes, we are less exposed then we would have been if we were left on the island. but because of what the government told thomas cook, they were almost leaving us there until the last minute. even though they said it was
going to be a tropical storm, we we re going to be a tropical storm, we were told this yesterday, at that point thomas cook had a big window of opportunity to get the plane then, thomas cook still had a big window where they could have got some planes in and taken us out. evenif some planes in and taken us out. even if they charted it from america. you think you should have been evacuated? definitely. everyone i have spoken to from the uk, it seems thomas cook have left us here. everybody else, that we have known off, they have been evacuated out the country. and how many people are there at the moment? how many tourists and visitors?|j there at the moment? how many tourists and visitors? i think from the uk in this hotel, you are probably looking at about 1000 or
so. probably looking at about 1000 or so. dave oakley, thank you for talking to us. davies on holiday and from south yorkshire. —— dave is on holiday. we will try and get a reaction from someone from thomas cook. and their prospects for getting people out. tourists have been fleeing the caribbean and arriving at gatwick this morning. 0ur correspondent has been there. dozens of flights from the caribbean and florida have arrived here at gatwick and more are expected through the day. thousands of british holiday—makers are being told to follow evacuation orders as a result of hurricane irma and many are facing disruption to their travel arrangements. in terms of travel arrangements. in terms of travel advice, the british association of travel agents is advising anyone on a package holiday to check with their airline or tour operator to keep up—to—date with ongoing news reports and to keep in touch with local authorities. the
same advice goes to anyone travelling independently. some travelling independently. some travel companies are offering travel waivers and free amendments to cancellations and bookings. the foreign office has set up a hotline for those affected by hurricane irma, which friends and families can also contact as well. that number is 0207 008 0000. i should say that we have spoken to thomas cook who tell us have spoken to thomas cook who tell us that they have acted on the advice from authorities in cuba. a helicopter has air—lifted six dolphins to safety from an aquarium in cuba threatened by the approach of hurricane irma. wrapped in moist towels, the six male dolphins were placed on foam mattresses in a helicopter and — along with their trainers — they were flown away from the storm's path.the dolphins are being kept in a pool but if the weather gets worse, they'll be moved to a salt water pool at a hotel. almost a holiday for them, really. mexico's president has declared
a day of national mourning after a powerful earthquake killed more than 60 people. enrique pena nieto was visiting 0axaca state where most of the dead were found in the ruins. he said flags would fly at half mast out of respect for the victims and their families. andrew plant reports. the moment that the earth quake struck off the coast of mexico, shaking streetlights and causing buildings to crumble. some rural areas have suffered the most here, villagers forming rescue teams. pulling this man alive from the rubble, driven by a truck to hospital. meanwhile, minor injuries we re hospital. meanwhile, minor injuries were attended to at the side of the road. the ea rthquake's were attended to at the side of the road. the earthquake's epicentre was out to sea, the most powerful for a century here and its effects were felt for hundreds of miles. by daylight, the damage was clear. a
town hall was destroyed, and at least 17 have died here. the damage was done in less than a minute. translation: it was all horrific. everything collapsed, everything. the truth? i have no words to explain what happened. look at my home. everything is destroyed. away from the towns, some have been left with nowhere to go, waiting for help to rebuild their lives but their ordeal may not be over, with fears that they could be significant after—shocks in the coming hours. translation: so far there have been 65 after—shocks, the strongest was magnitude 6.1. however, it is possible over the next 2a hours we could see a shock as strong as the earthquake. many here remember 1985's earthquake which destroyed much of mexico's capital city and cost thousands of lives. this was even more powerful, although much
deeper and further away. still, even more powerful, although much deeperand furtheraway. still, it has already killed dozens here. it has already killed dozens here. it has destroyed homes and vital infrastructure, and nobody is sure if there could be more shocks to come. andrew plant, bbc news. a look at the headlines now. hurricane irma strengthens again, pounding cuba with winds of more than 160 mph. next in harm's way as florida, where more than 5.5 million people, a quarter of the population, are told to leave their homes. mexico has declared a day of national mourning after the most deadly earthquake it has experienced in 80 years, which has killed more than 60 people. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mike bushell. good morning. all talk ofjimmy anderson's record—breaking test hall will be
put to one side as he tries to move his tally beyond 501 when the west indies resumed their second innings at lord's shortly. now, before anderson took centre stage, ben stokes pushed england into a first innings lead of 71. while anderson reached the milestone, with the wicket of kraigg braathwaite, early into the windies reply. he's only the third seam bowler in history to go past 500. he didn't stop there either, helping reduce the windies to 93 for three, at stumps on day two. they'll resume this morning leading byjust 22 runs. milestones are nice, but that's not what drives me to become as good as i can be. i want to try and help england win games of cricket. that's my motivation, that's why i turn up every day trying to improve myself, and that's what will keep driving me on. i'm loving playing at the moment. i think i'm bowling well, i feel fit and strong, and i'm enjoying playing in this team, so hopefully that can continue for a while yet. sojimmy anderson joins a select bunch of international bowlers
who have reached 500 test wickets for their national team. at the end of yesterday's playjimmy had reached 501 for england. he'll fancy his chances of catching, west indies legend, courtney walsh, tally of 519 wickets, in the ashes series this winter... but he's got some way, to go to past, anil kumbley, who racked up over 600 wickets for india. australia's glenn mcgrath is the leading, fast, bowler on on 563... while that other scourge of england, shane warne, with his spin, is second on the leader board with 708 wickets. butjimmy still has a lot more wickets to take, if he's to get near the sri lankan magician muttiah muralitha ran, and his record of 800 test wickets — he was 38 when he retired. anderson is 35, he has a few years left to aim for the target. rafa nadal is through to the us open final, after beating huan martin del potro,
in their semi final overnight at flushing meadows... nadal lost the first set to his argentinian opponent before taking command and at one stage won nine games in a row, eventually winning in four sets. the spaniard will aim for a third us open and 16th grand slam title in sunday's final. i played well. i am playing well almost the whole season. so today was the day to play well. it's the real thing. i was playing so—so at the beginning of the tournament and i have been playing better and better every day. and today was the day to play the best match of the tournament. nadal will meet south africa's kevin anderson in the final — who reaches this stage of a grand slam for the very first time. he beat spain's pablo carreno busta in four sets at flushing meadows. now it's one of the steepest climbs in spain, and the angliru,is all that stands between chris froome and a place in the history books. froome, hiding in the middle here, is hoping to become the first man in 39 years to win the vuelta a espana and tour de france in the same year,
and with a lead of over 90 seconds, barring any mishaps today, it will be a victory parade into madrid tomorrow. after the international break, the premier league returns this afternoon with seven matches. leaders manchester united are in the late kick off when they travel to stoke. the game of the day though is this lunchtime when manchester city take on liverpool, who've left out brazilian forward philippe coutinho, who was hoping to go to barcelona in the transfer window, but even without the brazilian, man city know liverpool will be one of the main challengers this season. he could have played 15 or 20 minutes, but again in the city game, maybe longer, but i think really it makes sense and by the way he agreed completely. it was not that he said no, i don't need training, i want to play or whatever. it was a good conversation. that kick—off is at 12:30pm. that's all of the sport, keep up—to—date with those stories, and the cricket
score on the bbc sport website. i will have more for you in the next hour. studio: mike bushell, thank you. the manchester arena reopens tonight, just over three months after the terrorist attack there which killed 22 people. extra security measures will be in place for the "we are manchester" benefit concert. headlining the event will be noel gallagher and his band, alongside acts the courteeners and rick astley. we can speak now to kate sweeting who's in manchester. i suppose mixed emotions on a day like today? yes, indeed. it isjust over 100 days since a suicide bomber detonated a device among crowds, leaving an ariana grande concert here at manchester arena. 22 people died and 59 were injured. many of the victims were children who had been here to watch the concert. the youngest victim was only eight years old. some were parents here to collect their children. but tonight
is about celebrating manchester, and remembering the victims. those performing tonight are from the city. as you said, noel gallagher is headlining with his band, the high flying birds. the courteeners and rick astley, and some attending tonight were at the consulate when the bomb went off, and tonight is about replacing some of those horrific memories with something more positive and some of the families of the victims of the bomb have been here to have questions a nswered have been here to have questions answered and try and understand how this could have happened. this is what rick astley had to say about the concert tonight. that venue has had some amazing artists from all over the world come and play there, and i think that has to keep going. and it was absolutely terrible. there are no words for it, what happened. but i do think positive light has to be shone, sometimes, for us to get through things.
i suppose most of us, when we go to a concert, security is the last thing we think about but inevitably people will have it in the back of their mind? absolutely. there will be extra security measures in place. extra checks, there is likely to be more queueing tonight. backpacks our band committee can only take on a small bag or handbag and the exact dimensions of what you can take in is online. the area where the bomb went off has now been refurbished and will be in use tonight. there will be a specialist mental health trauma unit here tonight, where people who may be struggling or need help, they can get the help that they need. call of the proceeds from they need. call of the proceeds from the concert tonight will go towards helping the victims of the bombing and awards a memorial to them. it
hasn't yet been decided where the memorial will be. in the wake of this terrible event, manchester, evenin this terrible event, manchester, even in the immediate aftermath, has shown incredible resilience and solidarity, and a sense of community which has been seen worldwide. that is what is on show this evening and thatis is what is on show this evening and that is what the concert tonight is all about. as well as showing that manchester arena here is very much open for business. there are some really exciting events coming up. john legend is playing here soon, lady gaga and disney on is, it is about showing that this is a safe place to bring your family about showing that this is a safe place to bring yourfamily —— disney on ice. thank you. hundreds of thousands of muslim people fleeing violence in myanmar say the country's military has been burning their villages to the ground. the united nations now believes almost 300000 rohingya
refugees have crossed the border to bangladesh, creating a humanitarian crisis on an epic scale. 0ur south asia correspondent, justin rowlatt, followed one family for a day to see how its coping. roshida is nine months pregnant. her baby is due any day. she is just one of the hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims reckoned to have fled myanmar into bangladesh. they say the army and radical buddhists attacked their villages. translation: they came at 2am. they set fire to our houses and started shooting. that's when we fled. i walked for seven days to get here. it has been so hard, but we had to escape. but roshida and her unborn child's ordeal is far from over. guards tell them they have to move on. they say there is land they can stay on over hill. but there isn't enough for everyone. so it is really chaotic here.
the forest guards told everybody to come into this little area of land. everybody is desperately trying to stake out a plot before it gets dark and also before it begins to rain. there is no drainage, no water, no aid agencies handing out food, no one, even, to help sort out the squabbles. roshida's husband and father tried to claim some land, but other refugees take it. translation: i've taken this land, but they are saying that i had to move. they say they want a plot here, so they won't let me make a shelter. so, despite being heavily pregnant,
roshida and her entire family will now have to sleep out in the open. translation: we were building a house, but a woman broke it. she had a knife. i don't feel well. i am feeling sick. ijust need somewhere to stay. the family only have a plastic sheet to to cover them. justin rowlatt, bbc news. a trust which runs 21 schools across yorkshire has said it can no longer manage them. two years ago wakefield city academies trust was described by ministers as a top—performing sponsor of academies. now it's asked the government to find a new sponsor. it's believed to be the first time an academy chain has done so. the united states has called a meeting of the un security council the nhs in england has issued new guidance to terror attack victims — after some were subjected to vile and upsetting abuse online.
it warns about the pitfalls of using social media and also says people need to be wary of journalists. but it adds that social media can also play a positive role in helping victims and families after attacks. the government is being urged to force restaurants, pubs and ta keaways force restaurants, pubs and takeaways in england to display food hygiene ratings. five means hygiene is very good, zero requires urgent improvement. the local government association wants to see businesses that fail to comply fined or prosecuted. jon donnison reports. all food outlets, including restaurants, pubs and takeaways, are given hygiene ratings by local councils. the scores range from zero to five. in wales and northern ireland, all food premises are legally required to publicly display those ratings, even if they have received a low score. but the same "scores on the doors" law, as it is known, does not apply in england, meaning a restaurant that might have been deemed to be filthy doesn't have to let its customers know.