Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, October 11

Sean Morrison

Record-breaking hurricane lashes US

Hurricane Michael has become the most powerful storm ever to hit the Florida Panhandle as ripped through the region last night.

The devastating storm left homes completely submerged in flood water and one person was killed by a falling tree, officials said.

Its rapid intensification caught many by surprise, but the storm has since weakened.

Michael left almost 500,000 people without electricity in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, emergency services said.


Firms may need to publish ethnicity pay gap

Businesses may be forced to reveal their ethnicity pay gap under Government plans unveiled to help minorities at work.

Theresa May has launched a consultation on whether mandatory reporting will help address disparities between pay and career prospects of minorities.

The move follows the decision to make firms reveal their gender pay gaps.


Third Salisbury suspect 'named'

A third man suspected of being behind the Salisbury poisoning has been named by a respected Russian news website.

Sergey Fedotov, 45, reportedly travelled to the UK on the same day as two suspects already charged over the nerve agent attack.

He also boarded the same flight home as the two men, whose real names were revealed earlier by an investigative group.


DUP threaten to vote against May

Theresa May is facing a fresh challenge to her Brexit plans from her DUP allies who are threatening to vote against the Budget.

The Prime Minister relies on DUP support in key votes because she does not have a majority in the Commons.

But it is understood that the party could abandon this deal if Brexit means new barriers between Northern Ireland and Britain.


Bakers prepare royal wedding masterpiece

The bakers of Princess Eugenie’s wedding cake have disclosed details about the masterpiece they’re creating for the big day.

Cake designer Sophie Cabot revealed she will be creating an autumn-themed red velvet and chocolate treat for tomorrow’s event.

The cake is set to be a traditional one “with a modern feel”, Buckingham Palace said.


On this day...

1844: Baked beans magnate HJ Heinz was born of German parents in Pittsburgh.

1919: The first airline meals were served on a Handley-Page flight from London to Paris. They were pre-packed lunch boxes at three shillings each (15p).

1957: The Radio telescope at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, planned by Sir Bernard Lovell, went into operation.

1958: The BBC TV sports programme Grandstand was first transmitted.