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storm surges along the florida coast, as hurricane irma descends. the governor of the state warns that up to 15 feet of water could come inland, with the west coast told it is now in the storm's path. with the west coast told 2 with the west coast told million homes and busines florida 2 million homes and businesses in florida are without power at night with central miami deserted. there's barely a soul on the streets, due to the risk of flying debris. on the streets, due in the british virgin islands, the huge task of picking up the pieces after irma, with another storm on the way. a with another storm on the way. relief effort is undt president a relief effort is under way. president trump has called hurricane irma a monster and says he's worried about lives. also tonight... about lives. the government is set to breach the public sector pay cap for the first time in seven years, with increases for the police and prison officers. with increases for the police bangladesh accuses its neighbour myanmar of genocide, as more and more rohingya refugees flee across the border. and
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flee across the border. chris froome adds to his tc france and chris froome adds to his tour de france success by winning spain's biggest race. good evening. the west coast of florida is braced to be in the eye of the storm, as hurricane irma makes its way from the caribbean into the united states. from the caribbean it's already flooded the centre of miami, and left two million homes and businesses in southern florida without power. and businesses in southern it moved in after causing widespread damage in cuba, as it swept through coastal communities and tourist resorts. extreme winds and storm surges continued as it travelled on, hitting the florida keys. continued as it travelled on, now it is the gulf coast of florida that is braced for the worst, with tampa likely to be hit in the next few hours,
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potentially worse than what has already been seen in miami. aleem maqbool is there. already been seen in miami. they warned miami would flood and it has. hurricane irma's masoe downpours and ocean surges combined to inundate the city's financial district. as thousands from the city hunkered down in hurricane shelters, others captured dramatic footage of the storm coming through. probably the storm coming through. probably the hardest it has been all day. power lines torn down. lethal tornadoes being unleashed. a roof being torn off a home. and a smashed train. water surging into town. more
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than a million homes and businesses are already without power. there is barely a soul on the streets anywhere in southern florida. and thatis anywhere in southern florida. and that is because of the risk of flying debris, the risk of power lines are trees coming down. the emergency services say that even for them in the coming hours, it is going to be near impossible to operate. the hurricane first hit florida in the islands of its keys. that is the road in front of our house. this man is one of those who defied the orders to leave his home. he was live on social media as the eye of the hurricane approached. we are in the eye wall. i'm not sure what category it is. the massive coastal surges were preceded by this
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extraordinary sight, the tide being sucked away by the hurricane, building up the energy to be smashed back against the shore with full force. there is a serious threat of storm surge flooding along the west coast of florida. this is has increased to 15 feet of impact above ground level in southwest florida. alix perez escaped the keys to shelter in hurricane proof building in miami. he is anxious, keeping in touch with those left behind. bunch of different areas have higher levels and some have lower. some is up levels and some have lower. some is up the people's waste. some is up do people's roofs. very severe flooding. up the florida coast, more are preparing, warned that hurricane irma could make further direct hits. president trump has been meeting with his cabinet to be briefed on the latest. every group has
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coordinated really well. the bad news is that this is a big monster but i think we are very well coordinated. after causing so much destruction in the caribbean, it is here, and the most densely populated city in its path so far, were so many are still sheltering. and aleem is in miami now. many are still sheltering. what's the latest? many are still sheltering. what many are still sheltering. is the outlook like? extn violent what is the outlook like? extremely violent weather here still in miami. nobody coming out of their hurricane shelters are wherever they are hunkering down to get out of this storm. we have heard in recent hours of the first deaths caused in florida because of hurricane irma. more than 20 caused already in its path through the caribbean. three deaths in florida are all road deaths in florida are all road deaths caused by these massive winds, causing crashes, causing people to hit trees in florida. we
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are hearing now that notjust in miami but another part of the state, more than 2.5 million people are without power. just in the last ten minutes, president trump said he will get here to this state as soon as he can. we are also hearing that the national guard has been deployed and they have got amphibious vehicles ready for the rescue operation, but none of that can happen until this storm passes. and that doesn't look like it's to happen for many hours yet. aleem maqbool in miami, thank you. in the caribbean, at least 25 people were killed by hurricane irma — five of them in the british virgin islands, where a relief effort is under way. homes and boats have been destroyed, and a state of emergency declared. this evening, foreign secretary boris johnson defended britain's response, saying the government would be helping "in the long term". saying the government would be the saying the government would be largest of the isla tortola. laura bicker reports from there. tortola. the british virgin islands look like they have been hit back by the blast wave of a bomb.
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like they have been hit back 0n the biggest island of tortola, houses have been ripped apart and contents scattered for miles. a 20 foot wave surge crushed boats, beaching them among the rubble. boats, beaching them this man was at home as hurricane irma hit. this section of my ma's room, the roof came off. the bedroom came off. we went to the living room. glass everywhere. we had all of this boarded up. glass everywhere. you've lost everything? everything. people talk about the winds that came through here as if they were alive, as if they'd come from another world. as if they'd come from and now five days after the hurricane struck, they are in desperate need of food, shelter and clean water. others are just simply desperate to leave. the shock of seeing this terrifying force of nature is overwhelming. terrifying force of some are trying to fly home
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to relatives in the uk. this family made it to the shelter after neighbours with machetes hacked through debris to help them hike from their damaged home. to help them hike from their we don't know what planes are going, when they're going. literally this morning was the first time we had heard any news at all of what's happening. some residents have criticised the uk government's response to this crisis as pathetic and slow. there are also reports of looting across the island, as many are desperate for basic supplies. across the island, as many there are large queues for food and petrol. help has now arrived. for food and petrol. the british military have brought aid and are establishing order. they are working on a plan to try to restore power and water. one woman told me she wept with relief as she saw the plane land. she wept with relief hurricane irma's trail destruction is vast, and yet the caribbean spirit prevails. destruction is vast, and as our team walked the streets,
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so many people told us the same message. so many people told they are simply grateful to be alive. laura bicker, bbc news, tortola. grateful to be alive. the grateful to be alive. british military have already been the british military have already been patrolling the town, rounding up been patrolling the town, rounding up looters. there have been a few brought in. when it comes to keeping the streets calm, it curfew is in place. but as well as basic supplies, the main problem here is communication. people are desperate to know what is going on. all of this is a massive task for a governor who has only been appointed here in the last three weeks. laura bicker. thank you. you can get the latest live updates about the hurricane's path, and hear more from those affected, on our website. the bbc understands that the government is preparing to award police and prison officers pay increases above the 1% cap on public sector wages.
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pay increases above the 1% cap the cap's been in place since 2010, but both unions and some conservative mps have called for it to be eased. today, the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, said labour would support strike action unless the government scraps the cap for all public sector workers. unless the government scraps the cap iain watson reports from the tuc conference in brighton the unions have been fighting pay restraint on demonstrations, and now here in brighton, on the beaches. they claim that five million public sector workers have been losing out in recent years. sector workers have been losing out they are calling for the 1% cap on public sector pay to be lifted. the 1% cap on public nurses, midwives, firefighters have put up with seven long years of no real pay increase. we are saying to the prime minister, "admit you've got it wrong and give everybody the pay rise they deserve." otherwise we are going to see that staffing crisis in many parts of our public services getting worse. it is notjust the unions —
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some of theresa may's own mps have been piling on the pressure over pay. for months, ministers have been mulling over what to do about police and prison officers' wages. mulling over what to do about that is because independent pay review bodies have recommended increases which would breach the government's limit. now, as i understand it, ministers will accept those recommendations, though there may be some creativity in how the increases are paid. though there may be some creativity but this could be just the first step in dismantling the public sector pay cap. the pay review body covering prison officers has highlighted recruitment and retention problems. officers has highlighted the treasury is expected to tell the pay review bodies covering other public sector workers that they can take these issues into account when recommending increases next year. to deal with the deficit, the government placed the 1% cap on public sector wages back in 2010. the government placed the 1% cap trade unions claim this has meant workers have seen a 14% pay cut once price rises have been ta ken into account. but independent experts say that lifting the cap
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early could prove costly. that lifting the cap the government is facing a tough choice. it knows it has to do something about public sector pay going forward, something about public because it is falling behind pay in the private sector, but it's really expensive to do it. in the private sector, so it would either spend a lot of money or it risks not being able to recruit the teachers, nurses, doctors and prison officers that it needs. nurses, doctors and prison officers the government would point out that many workers have had a higher than 1% rise through promotions and increments, and take—home pay has been improved by raising tax—free allowances. but labour say they want to see all public sector workers receive a pay rise. public sector workers receive a people see that as just a tactic of divide and rule. it is no good basically scrapping the pay cap for some workers, but the workers they are working alongside are still on poverty pay. that is unacceptable. labour said it backed unions which strike over pay. if the government eases the pay cap, it will help some of the tensions with the unions will ease too. ian watson, bbc news, the tuc in brighton. the
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the tuc in brighton. foreign minister of banglades has the foreign minister of bangladesh has described myanmar‘s treatment of the rohingya community as genocide. violence and persecution inside myanmar, formerly known as burma, has caused large numbers to flee in recent weeks, with nearly 300,000 now on bangladeshi territory. the cause was a major military crackdown sparked by rohingya militants attacking police post. justin rose like reports. justin rose like reports. like reports. three big fires were burning across the border in myanmar today. 0fficials the border in myanmar today. officials told us they had seen helicopters hovering before the smoke began to rise. and still the rohingya continue to pour into bangladesh. struggling with whatever belongings they can salvage before they flee. this man claims he was
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involved in one of the attacks that started all of this. in the village we agreed if we do nothing the world will never know about her plight. he says he and some other villagers wa nted says he and some other villagers wanted to take action against the government of myanmar. he says the rohingya people have been persecuted. translation: the militants came to our village and gave us bombs. they planted them on the road to attack the army vehicles. every village was given to three bombs. we planted the bombs. 0ne exploded. but no soldier died. this is what happened next. look, look, says the man. the soldiers are coming in helicopters and jeeps. they are going to kill us. the government claim there were hundreds of attacks on august 25 on
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government and army posts. it responded with what it called an anti—terrorist clearance operation. we can't verify any of the mobile phone footage in this report, but the stories the refugees tell are remarkably similar. meanwhile, the camps have become mud baths. hundreds of thousands of rohingya refugees now live in filthy hovels or whatever land they can find. but still the makeshift settlements grow. and grow. and grow. so this is what the de facto leader of myanmar, has to say about human suffering. the nobel peace prize winner told an audience in oslo in 2012 that wherever there is suffering, there are the seeds of conflict because,
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she said, suffering degrades and bitters and enrages. a senior un source told me today, it is now working on the assumption that as many as half a million rohingya crewe will sleep myanmar. —— rohingyas. officials in mexico say at least 90 people are now known to have died in thursday's earthquake — the strongest the country has seen in a century. the strongest the country more than 70 died in the south western state of wa haca. hundreds of families have reportedly been camping in the streets, afraid of the dangers of aftershocks. afraid of the dangers a bbc investigation has discovered that the bodies of more than 400 children could be buried in a mass grave close to an orphanage in lanarkshire. grave close to an orphanage the children were residents of the smyllum care home, run by catholic nuns until it closed in 1981. michael buchanan reports. closed in 1981. there is ellen, who was one. closed in 1981. helen, who was five. closed in 1981. and john, who was nine. closed in 1981.
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and until today, there was little record that they'd ever lived. but these 400 children are believed to be buried in an unmarked mass grave in lanark. to be buried in an unmarked among the dead is francis mccaul. to be buried in an unmarked he died in 1961, aged 13, from a brain haemorrhage. our research confirmed his brother eddie's worst fears. i always believed he was in there in the mass grave. everything seemed to point back to that. it's ridiculous. point back to that. they didn't even have a headstone for the bairns. the names were uncovered by the file 0n 4 programme and the sunday post newspaper. we found death certificates for these people, but no burial records. in 2004, the nuns acknowledged some children in their care were buried in this unmarked plot at st mary's cemetery, but couldn't provide many details. plot at st mary's cemetery, but therefore, it is believed that the 400 children are buried here. when this grave was first discovered,
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it was a total mess. first discovered, all the rubbish from the rest of the cemetery had simply been dumped here. that infuriated campaigners. but so did something else. that infuriated campaigners. just a few feet away, a total contrast. the well maintained headstones of the nuns. smyllum care home closed in 1981. headstones of the nuns. it had operated for 117 years. headstones of the nuns. some former residents alleged they were abused here by nuns. last month, campaigners held an annual vigil for the children of smyllum. an annual vigil for the laid to rest were the ashes of frank docherty, who had fought for two decades to reveal the truth. his widow, janet, said she was shocked by today's developments. she was shocked by he thought he'd got names, he could get in touch with families to say that there's 150 kids they knew. that is just unbelievable what is happening. the 0rders, the people higher up, should be telling the families exactly what happened to these kids. reporter: i've got a few
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questions for you. i'm from the bbc. questions for you. the daughters of charity didn't respond to ourfindings. in a statement it simply said the ongoing scottish child abuse inquiry was the best place to investigate what had happened. inquiry was the best place each of these lives was cut short, most through natural causes. but everyone meant something to someone, and they all deserve to be remembered. to someone, and they all michael buchanan, bbc news, lanarkshire. chris froome has become the first british man to win the vuelta a espana cycling race. british man to win the vuelta he was crowned champion at the end of the twenty first stage in madrid — becoming the third man ever to win both the vuelta and the tour de france in the same year. andy swiss reports. he reigns in spain and he reigns his sport. one summer, two winners' jerseys, for chris froome, a year of double delight. jerseys, for chris froome, the vuelta is spain's equivalent of the tour de france, winning both within weeks, almost unheard of. but today's largely ceremonial stage was froome's lap of honour.
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as he rolled towards madrid with history in his sights. and so as chris froome approaches the finish, the fans here know they are watching something very special, a feat which will cement his place among cycling's all—time greats. as froome safely crossed the line behind stage winner, matteo trentin, he became the first man to win the tour and the vuelta in the same summer since 1978, a new pinnacle in his glittering career. it is the dream to win two grand tours like this. obviously there's still a lot i want to achieve my career, i'm not thinking of retiring any time soon, but it's going to be hard to top this, for sure. time soon, but it's going to be hard every now and again you see an athlete, a world—class athlete at the top of the game, who just get it all right and they do who just get it all all the little things right, they've got the right mentality. brilliant leadership skills, they're mature and they're confident and theyjust going to win and they know how to win. and that's what we've got in chris froome.
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so, more than 4000 miles over 42 days has reaped a dazzling double. glory at its most gruelling. days has reaped a dazzling double. andy swiss, bbc news, madrid. days has reaped a dazzling double. in his first race since retiring from the track, sir mo farah won the great north run for the fourth year in a row. the olympic and world champion crossed the finish line in south shields in just over an hour. his next target will be the london marathon in april. david ornstein reports. the london marathon in april. lining for his latest shot at history. having conquered the track, mo farah now wants to rule the road. while for many the great north run is about taking part, be it for charity, fun or fitness, for farah the focus was victory. it is what he does for a living. for farah the focus was victory. and so it proved today. for farah the focus was victory. commentary: back to winning ways at the great north run, mo farah is the champion again. at the great north run, he becomes the first athlete to triumph four years in a row, an ideal start to his preparations for next year's london marathon. preparations for next year's i think when i retire, hang my spikes up or my shoes up for
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good, then you look back and go, "oh my god, i did that." but now it's just, you know, the track is done, it's time to move on to the road and just enjoy it, be happy, be relaxed. just enjoy it, really. the women's title went to mary keitany from kenya for a third time. to mary keitany from there was further british success as simon lawson took the men's wheelchair race. but amid the results came romance. wheelchair race. new zealand's jake robertson, who finished second behind farah, crossing the line and then proposing to his girlfriend, kenya's magdalyne masai. then proposing to his girlfriend, this time he got the outcome he wanted. david ornstein, bbc news. the outcome he wanted. a the outcome he wanted. first look at tomorrow's p: the a first look at tomorrow's papers on the bbc news channel. that's all from me. the bbc news channel. stay with us on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. hello. this is bbc news. let's return now to hurricane irma, which is currently howling along the west coast of florida.
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storm surges have been triggered across the south of the state, and authorities have issued a tornado warning in miami. earlier, i spoke to lisa mcarthur, a british tourist in orlando, florida, who said thomas cook had left her with no help. we are absolutely terrified at the moment. we don't know what to expect. we have called up for information, we have called out fouled from our local tour agency, thomas cook, and we'd be left with no help. the hotel has given us some guidelines, which is stay away from the wood lines if it —— stay away from the windows of the gets really bad, the windows might smash, go to the bathroom and barricade yourself, stuck up on water, but we have been left, we have been abandoned and we are scared, we don't know what to expect. we spoke to kathryn darbandi from thomas cook earlier today who said that their priority is making sure that everybody is safe. it isa
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it is a very difficult scenario we are dealing with, very unpredictable, a very dynamic scenario. we have actually got 15,000 customers across the dominican republic, cuba and florida, so we have got a lot of holiday— makers. we took the florida, so we have got a lot of holiday—makers. we took the decision very early on that our priority would be on making sure everyone is safe. the cuban government gave his direction to evacuate, and that is what we did. that was 2000 customers, a huge operation. our priority was to make sure we had accommodation for everyone. all of our customers were transported safely and they are all in hotels. to withstand hurricane. within the past half hour, hurricane irma has been downgraded to a category 2 storm — however with winds of around 110 miles per hour, it's still described as "dangerous" and "life—threatening. dalia kirschbaum, is a disaster response coordinator at nasa. she told me how nasa was tracking both hurricanes irma and jose. the conditions right now clearly are
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right for hurricane intensification formation. so at nasa and we are doing is trying to understand how the storms move and intensify, using satellites, airborne assets, even information from the ground to really get at their intensification mechanisms. what is causing this to happen? can you explain from the conditions out there in the ocean what might be to blame? we are looking at a couple of different factors. there have been really warm waters, and we have seen this hurricane continually intensify because of the warm water we have both in the gulf as well as the atla ntic both in the gulf as well as the atlantic where we are seeing hurricane jose spinning. we atlantic where we are seeing hurricanejose spinning. we also have the winds and the rainfall really conducive to creating conditions for these storms to move. hurricane irma is slowly moving up, so we are hurricane irma is slowly moving up, so we are keeping our eye on the rainfall accumulation and the wind speeds to use satellite and figure
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out how places on the ground might sustain flooding or other impacts, which we can translate and use for operational support by our partners, like noah and fever.|j operational support by our partners, like noah and fever. i think you have some graphics that can explain how nasa tries to understand the mechanisms that are at work here, how these hurricanes develop and intensify. that's right, one tool we have two monitor it is the international mission from nasa and japan and the over paths you are seeing is from septemberfive japan and the over paths you are seeing is from september five when hurricane irma was a category five storm in the atlantic. we can see the storm in three dimensions, the really intense rain in the eye wall, and that tells us a lot about the hurricane heat engine, how the storm is intensifying, and right now it gives us clues the storm might impact land, both in terms of rain, winds, and ultimately coastal flooding and indolent flooding from this tremendous storm. what in
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particular will you be looking at, then, with regards to hurricane irma, but also hurricanejose, which follows up behind? that's right, being able to look at this from the vantage point of space, using both international and domestic satellite and airborne capabilities allows us to understand the structure of these storms in a way that is very important for groups like the national hurricane centre to improve their forecast. so we are looking not only at the storm structure but we are getting imagery both before and after the storm passes to get a sense of what are the impacts from damage, and flooding, and that is used to support our operational partners in this belief and response effort. thank you very much. time for a look at the weather. abe blustery weekend is to give way toa abe blustery weekend is to give way to a blustery week, starting as early as monday. some very strong winds just early as monday. some very strong windsjust whipping early as monday. some very strong winds just whipping around the south—western quarter. such that in the first part of monday, across a
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good part of wales and the south—west of england, we will see some pretty strong winds. if you are on the move first thing monday, be aware of that. it might well be that we see some gusts aware of that. it might well be that we see some gusts of wind is on exposed root of across the exposed headlands of 50, possibly 60 mph or so headlands of 50, possibly 60 mph or so and copious showers road from the word go, some of them quite heavy. just ganging up through the through the heart of england, moving further east. all the while more persistent rain across the north—eastern quarter of scotland. if you end up with a dry monday he will have done very well. you will be the exception to the rule. slightly quieter on tuesday, more persistent rain is back.
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