5 Things You Need To Know (8/9/17)
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Welcome to our daily update, where we summarise the key talking points from the last 24 hours.
1. Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma is set to hit the southern coastline of the United States this weekend, with Florida set to suffer the worst of the blow.
The hurricane has impacted 1.2 million people so far with its trail of destruction through the Carribbean. The head of the US federal emergency agency has predicted similar scenes of devastation in America.
Around 500,000 people have been told to leave south Florida. President Donald Trump has tweeted “Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen. Be safe and get out of its way,if possible. Federal G is ready!”
2. Mexican earthquake
In another natural disaster, Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century has killed at least 33 people and caused widespread damage.
The 8.2 quake is close to the maximum on the Richter scale, and the force was felt for hundreds of miles.
3. Theresa May on holding hands with Trump
Theresa May has revealed that the picture of her holding hands with Donald Trump this past January was just a case of gentlemanly assistance.
“When we got to the top of the ramp he took my hand, just for going down the ramp and then that was it … I think it was to assist,” she told the BBC.
4. Manufacturing growth
The UK manufacturing industry recorded growth of 0.5% in July, the Office for National Statistics has reported.
Production of new cars was key to this number, with production in this area experiencing its fastest rate of growth since 2009.
5. Transplant record
A 13 year old girl who tragically died of a brain aneurysm has set a record for organ donation, with eight of her organs going to help people in need.
Jemima Layzell died in March 2012, and her organs have gone on to help people across the United Kingdom.