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Hurricane Matthew hits Florida leaving 340,000 without power on first impact

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.

14 adults and a child found in lorry at Clacket Lane services on M25

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.

To some degree, Ukip has simply been the victim of its own success. Once the British people voted for Brexit in the EU referendum, the party lost its driving principle, writes DOMINIC SANDBROOK.

Sir Cliff Richard has said his life was 'effectively turned upside down' as he confirmed he was suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over live coverage of a raid on his home in 2014.

They can do as many hours as they want - from home or their surgeries - in between their NHS patients. Yet there is a severe recruitment crisis and up to one in eight GP posts are unfilled.

My 88-year-old mother, who lives in America, paid a state visit to England recently, but she didn't get the best of welcomes at Heathrow Airport, writes RICHARD LITTLEJOHN.


Daily Mail Australia posted an article on 5 June 2016 containing allegations about an incident at Red Square nightclub in Adelaide, South Australia. The article suggested that a group of deaf patrons was discriminated against and denied entry because of their disability.

First for the Army as soldier weds his groom on base 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.

Amanda McGuinn and her husband Paul, 38, of Lee, south east London, have lodged a legal bid against Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust citing 'wrongful birth' in relation to daughter Matilda.

Dr Jean Paton-Ker (pictured), 41, first met the patient in November 2013 when she started working at Shipston Medical Centre in Warwickshire.

One migrant feigned illness to distract officers, leaving the others to attack police with fire extinguishers injuring five at the Sangonera la Verde centre (pictured).

Surgeons from abroad regularly visit the UK to offer cut-price treatments before jetting home, but British medics warn that their patients are putting their lives at risk.

The lorry speed limit on single carriage A- roads was increased from 40mph to 50mph in April last year, but new figures show the speed traveled on these roads by HGVs has dropped.

Mr Justice Hayden said there had been an 'extraordinary level' of state intervention to stop a 17-year-old boy fleeing the UK amid fears he would join a terror group.

A leading industry wholesaler, which supplies hundreds of outlets, insist there is a demand for smaller chip portions among weight-conscious customers.

The amount of omega-3 farmed salmon contains has halved in the past decade. The fatty acid is recommended by doctors to combat a variety of conditions.

Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs the Southern franchise, will today send letters to about 400 train guards warning them they will be fired on December 31 if they refuse to sign up to the contract.

Tony Blair appears on the cover of Esquire magazine as he hints at comeback

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'.

Diane Abbott was sensationally made shadow home secretary and Shami Chakrabarti shadow attorney general tonight as Jeremy Corbyn launched a sweeping reshuffle.

Mrs May hinted in her conference speech on Wednesday that she would introduce policies to help savers after quantitative easing and the interest-rate cut had 'bad side effects'.

Former Downing Street spin doctor Sir Craig OIiver claims the Remain campaign did not warn of an immediate recession should Britain vote to leave the EU.

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled game among presents set to be 2016's Christmas bestsellers

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.

A tooth belonging to a dog thought to resemble an Alsatian has been found in the grounds of a nursing home a mile from Stonehenge which is thought to be the oldest evidence of 'walkies'.

British women born in 2015 can expect to live 82.8 years on average and men 79. But women can expect to stay disability-free for only 72 years, while for men it is 69.9, the study found.

Scientists at Oxford University found the incidence of breast cancer was essentially the same whether someone did no night shift work at all or did night shift work for several decades.

Firefighter Patrick McBride, who won the role ahead of 20,000 hopefuls last year, is the latest to don the black polo neck for Cadbury's new Milk Tray Man in a £3million televised campaign.

David Cameron is spending most of his time focussing on his memoirs and had hoped to secure an advance to match the lucrative multi-million pound deal secured by Tony Blair.

The Home Secretary appeared to rebuke the firm during the Tory conference this week, suggesting it recruited 'almost exclusively' from Romania and Poland.

Clutching a blue satchel, David Cameron could be seen strolling down a street in West London and treating his daughter to breakfast before taking her to her primary school after skipping the conference.

Emmerdale's Leah Bracknell is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer

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'.

This was the heavy price Kevin Summerhayes paid for his success after setting a new world record - by a margin of just one second.

Maria Domanic said she is 'fed up' with people pointing, laughing and taking photos whenever she takes 14-year-old Jax for walks in her home town of Kingsbridge, south Devon.

Kavan Stables and his mother Cazzie Franks, from Broomfield, had already returned home when Studio 21 (pictured together) called them and asked them to come to Istanbul for the final.

Parents of children who attend Sharow School in Yorkshire, secured a £100,000 Heritage Lottery Grant for the community car park and now hope to crowdfund an additional £30,000 themselves.

Kim Page is taking civil action against both the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Private Ambulance Service Ltd following her husband Gary's death in February.

Candice Haines, from Birmingham, was shocked to discover her photo (shown) being used on health website, Daily Records, about another woman and fellow Crohn's sufferer who had died.

Couple celebrate 50th anniversary by wearing same outfits they wore on wedding day

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).

Bobbi Jo Goldsmith claims she was turned away while waiting in the queue for Libertine London, in Soho, by a promoter who said the group were 'too big' for the nightclub's 'look'.

Simone Blount took her four-year-old son Stephen to the Mattel Play! centre, Liverpool, for a day out, but says a member of staff leaned over her desk and said the young boy could not come in.

Father-of-three David Homer, 49, from Measham, Leicestershire, said he enjoys the 'peace and quiet' of his work and insists it is no different to any other nine-to-five.

Mother-of-one Emma Phillips, 24, from Wallasey, Merseyside, was feeling amorous with partner Lee Miller, 29, during the early hours of the morning when the pink sex toy 'disappeared'.

Vicky Balch, 21, who was one of 16 people injured at the theme park in June last year, said today that the incident - described in court as 'needless and avoidable' - was 'noone's fault'.

As the liner sank after hitting an iceberg, second officer Charles Lightoller (pictured) wrote of how he bumped into eight colleagues who were walking calmly on deck reassuring passengers.

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Joshua Thomas from Cardiff was sentenced to 16 months in prison at after making threats and holding a knife to the throat of his pregnant teenage girlfriend Shannae Sullivan-Bond.

Lewis Dunne was on his way to a shop in Liverpool when he was shot by a gang of men involved in an earlier clash, a court was told.

Martin Joyce, 45, from Manchester, was reported missing in 1999 and has never been found. Police now believe Martin (pictured) may not be alive and have launched a murder investigation.

Joshua Clements, 18, pictured, slashed two men with a hunting knife after thousands of people gathered in Hyde Park, in London, to enjoy the warm weather on July 19.

James Luff, 32, a former teacher at Lutterworth College in Leicestershire, who asked a 13-year-old girl to send him topless pictures and had a stash of child porn on his computer has been spared jail.

A royal protection officer and two other policemen fractured a football fan's eye socket during the heated Tottenham v Arsenal derby match and then faked witness statements, a court heard.

London thief snatched mobile phones out of pedestrians' hands in Highbury New Park

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.

Maria Smith, 48, and Richard Lewis-Clements, 46, died on August 12 when Jodan Hunt (pictured) smashed into their car - before heading to a wedding reception in Eastbourne.

Carl Gregory died outside a toy shop in Kent on Tuesday. Chloe Lemare, rubbished claims it was related to Pokemon Go and said the 'monsters' who killed him were 'supposed to be mates'.

David Metcalfe (pictured), from Newcastle, arrived at St Albans thinking he was to meet a 13-year-old called Lizzie White. But St Albans Crown Court heard that he was the target of a sting operation.

Margaret Foster, 82, from Bradford, was asked for £1,900 immediately by the bogus roofers - they then left her with a further £2,000 worth of damage after leaving a pile of broken tiles on the roof.

A hotel worker heard 'sex noises' coming from the Premier Inn room near Rhyl, north Wales, where footballer Ched Evans, 27, is accused of raping a woman, Cardiff Crown Court heard today.

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.

John De Benham-Crosswell (pictured) pleaded guilty to damaging the breeding site and home of great crested newts after draining a lake on his property.

The heads of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches said they remained 'divided' on gay marriage and women priests but would continue to work together after a meeting in Rome.

Kamran Malik was seeking £10 million damages against the would-be US President for allegedly defaming Muslims living in the Green Street and Romford Road area of Forest Gate, London.

The idyllic village of Barnoldby-le-Beck has even had its green blighted by three separate speed signs - one after the other and has two more warnings painted on the road.

The biggest lottery win in the UK - and across Europe - remains that of Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, North Ayrshire, who scooped a £161,653,000 EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011.

The new series features Fletcher's grandson in Wakeley Prison for a succession of cyber-crimes. Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the show's original writers, will write the new series.

Author Simon Scarrow puts his restored thatched cottage up for sale for £750,000 

When Simon Scarrow moved into his idyllic 17th-century cottage in Norfolk, squatters had only recently vacated it and there were pigeons roosting in the living room. But he ploughed £250,000 into turning it into a work haven - and subsequently wrote 14 novels in the historic building.

The plush apartment, overlooking the pebbled beaches of Brighton, was once visited by King George VI and rumours are he had the tunnel installed so he discreetly could visit its owners.

The White House in the village of Port Isaac (pictured), where the ITV drama is filmed, is owned by retired GP Anthony Hambly who has even provided expert advice for the comedy actor before.

Beaver Water World staff in Tatsfield, Surrey, will have to find new homes for 400 animals, including lemurs, meerkats and reptiles, by December 15 or some may have to be put to sleep.

Amazon has sparked outrage after selling 'racist' 'Arab' costumes for Halloween. The retail giant offered men the chance to wear a tunic with a 'Palestine' scarf and woman 'sexy Saudi burka'.

An unnamed, chestnut-coloured colt has now set a new UK record for Frankel's colts and fillies when it was sold as part of Tattersalls' three-day Yearling sale in Newmarket.

Syrian baby girl pulled ALIVE from the rubble is reunited with Abu Kifah

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.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura today made an impassioned plea to save eastern Aleppo, warning the city faces total destruction, and urged Islamist fighters to leave so civilians can get aid.

The blast occurred in the Yenibosna neighbourhood of the Turkish city and one of the people injured is in a serious condition as police hunt for a man who was seen fleeing the scene on a second bike.

The category-three hurricane has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis to hit struggling Haiti since a devastating 2010 earthquake killed 200,000. At least 65 were killed in Haiti alone.

Mobster Antonio Pelle, 54, crawled out of his hiding place on his stomach to the top of a wardrobe that had shielded the bunker at his home in southern Reggio Calabria.

The loot of 540 boxes - filled with diamonds, gold and other valuables - are said to be buried 16ft underground in tchovice near Prague after fleeing Germans stashed them in a cave.

The data, collated by World Bank, has used leaked ISIS data and shows jihadis heading to the Middle East to blow themselves up are likely to be more educated than their countrymen.



A staggering 80.6 per cent of people aged 15 to 29 years old in Italy now live at home, a study has found. This compares to 66.6 per cent and 52.4 in the U.S. and UK respectively.

Photographer Lee Chapman captured the quirky photo series which documents the lives of Tokyo's elderly away from the city's well known and modern entertainment districts.

A remote pass in the middle of the mountains has become a dumping ground for unwanted pooches, it has even been suggested that someone is deliberately roundig them up and abandoning them.

Cuban jet Flight 455 mystery still leaves questions over CIA involvement 40 years on

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.

Norway's right-wing government on Wednesday announced plans to ban the full-face Islamic veil from classrooms and university lecture halls (file photo)

The Polish parliamentary commission session last night saw the bill rejected and the controversial legislation was withdrawn this morning before full assembly after a massive backlash.

Mosques are known in Arabic as 'masjid', which literally translates to a 'place of prostration', and have come a long way from the prophet Mohammed's home in 7th-century Saudi Arabia.

I see nothing at all wrong about actors of one race, creed or nationality appearing in dramatic productions as members of another, writes TOM UTLEY.

The Mail is instinctively uneasy about yesterday's ruling by Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid giving the go-ahead to a fracking site in Fylde, Lancashire.

There's one intriguing issue: one throne, or two?There are awkward questions about whether the sovereign's wife will sit next to him when he is crowned - and if she herself will have a crown.