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Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceHurricane Irma is blasting up the west coast of Florida after buffeting the city of Miami, with dangerous flooding along long stretches of coast.It has been downgraded from category three to one but still has maximum sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h).More than 3.4 million homes in the state are without power, with parts of the city of Miami under water.At least four deaths have been linked to the storm and several areas have brought in curfews.Are you in the region? Have you been affected by Hurricane Irma? If it is safe for you to do so, share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.Florida's Director of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, said late in Sunday he could not yet confirm or deny reports of multiple deaths and extensive dam...
Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

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A small muddy creek separates the two neighbours. On one side Myanmar. On the other Bangladesh. Between the two is what is known as no man's land, a buffer zone. Caught inside are thousands of Rohingya refugees.Armed Bangladesh border guards regularly patrol the strip, trying to stem the exodus of refugees.Image:Guards are stopping the Rohingya from entering BangladeshImage:Only children are allowed to cross the creek in order to get clean drinking waterSmall children navigate through the murky brown water carrying heavy vessels of clean water. They are the only ones who are allowed to cross the boundary.Hussein Ahmed is given permission to wade across the stream to speak to us.He is a 39-year-old farmer. He looks 15-20 years older. Wiry framed and hollow-eyed. It is obvious that he has su...
'Dangerous' Hurricane Jose pulling away from Leeward Islands

'Dangerous' Hurricane Jose pulling away from Leeward Islands

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Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Like Irma in front of it, Hurricane Jose will begin its turn to the north Saturday evening, forecasters said.In its 8 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was located about 85 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands -- the easternmost in the chain of Caribbean Sea islands -- with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. It's moving northwest at a speed of 14 mph.The center said the storm was beginning to pull away from the Leeward island chain.Forecasters said Jose remains a "dangerous" Category 4 hurricane. It is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane -- which are classified Category 3 or higher."On the forecast track, the core of Jose will continue to move away from the northern Leeward Isl...
'Dangerous' Hurricane Jose about to turn north in Caribbean

'Dangerous' Hurricane Jose about to turn north in Caribbean

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Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Like Irma in front of it, Hurricane Jose will begin its turn to the north Saturday evening, forecasters said.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was located about 85 miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands -- the easternmost in the chain of Caribbean Sea islands -- with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. It's moving northwest at a speed of 14 mph.Forecasters said Jose had slightly weakened overnight, but said it remains a "dangerous" Category 4 hurricane. It is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane -- which are classified Category 3 or higher."On the forecast track, the core of Jose will continue to pass north of the northern Leeward Islands through this evening.," the ad...
Hurricane Irma: Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rain

Hurricane Irma: Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rain

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Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands. The category five storm made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago, off the north-eastern coast. But the Bahamas have largely been spared after Irma changed track.In Florida, 5.6 million people, or 25% of the US state's population, have been told to leave as the storm approaches. At least 20 people are known to have died so far across the Caribbean.Irma, which strengthened in the last few hours, hit the Camaguey Archipelago late on Friday, threatening nearby coastal towns and villages. This is the first time a category five hurricane has hit Cuba in decades.At 03:00 GMT on Saturday, Irma had maximum sustained winds of 257km/h (160mph), the National Hurricane Center in the US said.The...