A state of emergency has been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida as Hurricane Matthew is poised to hit the US within hours, as its expected to be a catastrophic storm with destructive winds and flooding that hasn't been seen in more than a decade in that area of the East Coast. Even before the full force of the powerful storm hits, thousands of people have already been left without power in some parts of the sunshine state. Florida Power and Light reported that a combined 12,000 customers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have been left without power this afternoon as it warns that 2.5 million statewide will experience outages in the aftermath of the storm. About 1.5 million people in Florida have been told to flee inland as the dangerous and life-threatening Category Four storm could become a Category Five and siege on the east coast of the state. The storm that's packing winds of up to 145mph is expected to hit Southeast Florida by Thursday evening through early Friday, as weather forecasters predict it will bring a dangerous storm surge to some parts of the state that will be even worse than what happened in New Jersey during Super Storm Sandy in 2012. Destructive winds and flooding is expected to stretch into Georgia and South Carolina moving up the coast by the weekend. Weather forecasters say the eye of the hurricane may never make landfall, however, the eyewall which contains the strongest winds, may do so.
Fifteen suspected migrants including a child are found huddled together 'at -25C' inside a freezer lorry at an M25 service station after the driver heard banging coming from the trailer
The driver stopped at Clacket Lane service station in Surrey after hearing a loud banging coming from inside the vehicle this morning. Police closed a petrol station slip road and detained the lorry's occupants on suspicion of illegal entry into the country. Reports from the scene suggest the contents of the lorry, which had travelled from the Port of Dover, were frozen to -25C.
First for the Army as soldier weds his groom on base: Air Vice Marshal does the honours as gay couple tie the knot in Cyprus
Sergeant Alastair Smith (centre) married civilian Aaron Weston (left) on British forces territory in Dhekilia, Cyprus in what is believed to be the first gay wedding (inset) on a UK overseas military base. The marriage - which took place on September 10 - was approved and officiated by Air Vice Marshal Mike Wigston (right), the commander and administrator of the Army's sovereign base area. Sgt Smith, 36, said he was 'overjoyed' to celebrate the occasion surrounded by friends, family and infantry colleagues.
We get it Tony, you're a big boy! Blair manspreads for a magazine as he hints at comeback to prevent Britain becoming a 'one-party state'
Tony Blair today indicates he is planning a dramatic return to front line politics to prevent Britain becoming a 'one-party state'. In an extraordinary interview with Esquire magazine, the former Prime Minister acknowledges he is deeply unpopular in Britain in the wake of the Iraq war. But he says he is 'very motivated' to try and save the brand of centre-left politics which saw him win three elections, but which has now been abandoned by Labour. In a withering attack on Jeremy Corbyn, he brands him a member of the 'ultra- Left' which 'believes that the action on the street is as important as the action in Parliament'.
Attack of the drones! New Star Wars flying toys which can hit 50mph top the list of children's must-haves this Christmas
Toy store Hamleys has predicted what it expects to be the top 10 sellers this festive season, including a new range of Star Wars drones (pictured main and inset) that can fly at speeds of 50mph and shoot lasers. The £25 Pieface Showdown is already a hit on social media, with posts abounding of youngsters enjoying a face full of cream. Meanwhile, the fourth edition of the BeanBoozled spinner game, also £25, will have players risking eating jelly beans flavoured to taste like rotten fish and spoiled milk.
Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell who played Zoe Tate for 16 years is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer - as her partner races against time to raise funds for last chance treatment in Germany
Fans of Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell who played Zoe Tate have rallied to her support after it was announced she has terminal lung cancer. Her partner Jez Hughes is raising funds to send her for desperate treatment in Germany. So far £2,547 in donations have been pledged from a £50,000 target. Writing on Facebook he said: 'Hi all. So it's been an incredibly tough month as my beloved partner and soul mate, Ali/ Leah, was rushed to hospital 5 weeks ago. Luckily they were able to drain a litre of fluid from around her heart which saved her life. Unfortunately the diagnosis for the problem that caused the fluid build up was lung cancer, stage 4, what the doctors call 'terminal.' Mr Hughes said Zoe has been a 'wonderful mother of two, loving partner and daughter'.
Till dress do us part! Couple celebrate their 50th anniversary by wearing the same outfits they wore on their wedding day... and they still fit
Carole-Ann, 71, and Jim Stanfield, 74, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by wearing the same outfits they wore on their wedding day. Despite it being half a century since they last wore their outfits Carole-Ann and James were shocked to discover they still fitted perfectly. Pictured: The couple on their big day (left) and their golden wedding anniversary (right).
The moped mugger who snatched 21 phones in just ONE hour: Prolific thief stole mobiles from pedestrians' hands as they walked down the street
Cavell Hutson (inset), 21, from Highbury New Park in London, and an accomplice went on an hour-long theft spree where they snatched 21 mobile phones (left and right). They used a moped, with another vehicle's registration plate, to speed away quickly from their victims. They stole 10 phones in Camden, five in Westminster, three in Islington, three in Hackney and one in Tower Hamlets. The incidents took place on September 3, between 1pm and 2pm and sparked a police chase through London.
There's even room for the pickled shark! Street of industrial buildings turned into artist Damien Hirst's latest gallery is named best new building in Britain
Newport Street Gallery transformed most of a south London street that faces a railway line in Vauxhall into a free public gallery under the direction of Caruso St John Architects, who have picked up the coveted 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize trophy for their work. The most prestigious prize in UK architecture is now in its 21st year - and at a ceremony in central London, the award went to the gallery that renovated the row of Victorian warehouses, previously used as carpentry and scenery painting workshops for West End theatres. Also pictured, Hirst admires a sculpture, Play-Doh 1994-2014, by Jeff Koons (to the right) at the Newport Street Gallery.
EXCLUSIVE: 'I had to hold her again': Syrian baby girl pulled ALIVE from the rubble is reunited with the tearful hero who touched the hearts of millions
Abu Kifah, beamed with happiness and pride after travelling for hours through the dusty Syrian landscape to a patch of farmland Wahida Ma'artouk's family now calls home (left, the rescuer and toddler together). Footage (right) of Kifah pulling the then-30-day-old baby from the wreckage of her bombed home went around the world and reduced a veteran BBC presenter to tears. 'I carried her in my arms again and the night of the rescue came back to me,' Kifah told MailOnline after their reunion. But it was not without sorrow. Since their home was reduced to rubble, allegedly by Russian or Syrian warplanes, Wahida's parents were forced to move the baby girl (inset, in Idlib) and her brother Zakaria to a rough patch of farmland where they survive on even less than before.
Mystery of Flight 455: Forty years on questions remain about whether the CIA was behind the bombing of a Cuban passenger jet in which 73 people died
Forty years ago today a Cuban passenger jet trundled down the runway at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados and took off, climbing into a blue Caribbean sky en route to Jamaica. Two bombs exploded 11 minutes later and all 73 people on the plane were killed. A memorial stands by the sea (pictured, left) overlooking the spot where Flight 455 came down. The DC-8 (similar to the one pictured, top right) was owned by Fidel Castro's regime and 47 of those on board were from Cuba. Cubans divers (bottom right) were sent down to look for the wreckage. But years later questions remain about whether the CIA was involved and there are hopes the thaw in US/Cuban relations will lead to the mystery finally being solved.