Newspaper headlines: Hurricane Irma 'tears up Florida'

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Image caption People capture how Irma's strength pulled water from Tampa's shores

Being caught in Irma's "relentless churning" was like being a towel in a washing machine - so says a journalist for the Times, which, like a number of the papers, carries eyewitness accounts of the hurricane which swept Florida.

The Daily Express describes how Irma's last-minute change of course meant many residents, who had fled to Florida's west coast for safety, ended up experiencing the full force of the storm.

A restaurant owner from Miami, who decided to sit out the hurricane in his 35th floor apartment, tells the Guardian it was like being on a ship - he could feel the building swaying the whole time.

The Guardian's Ed Pilkington, reporting from the city of Naples, says the desperation of thousands of residents was palpable, particularly in the public shelters.

But a Red Cross volunteer tells the Financial Times that despite a lack of bedding for people to sleep on, there was a "sense of unity, and of people coming together".

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The news that ministers are poised to agree wage rises for police and prison officers, which breach the public sector pay cap, is welcomed by the Mirror, which declares that Britain "deserves a pay rise".

The Guardian describes it as "a significant shift", and a first step towards recognising the concerns of workers across the public sector.

But for the Telegraph, the move risks increasing the deficit and is likely to be attacked by critics on the Conservative right.

But sources tell the Times the rise won't be paid for by more borrowing, suggesting the money will be found from cuts elsewhere.

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Many papers get their first chance to comment on Tony Blair's call for a new immigration policy, which he suggests could address public concerns about immigration, without Britain having to leave the EU.

The Daily Mail is furious that the man it accuses of having thrown open the UK's frontiers "to all comers", should have the audacity to pose as a champion of rigorous border controls.

The Daily Express accuses the former prime minister of "sheer gall", while the Sun says the idea that senior EU officials could shift on the question of free movement is "delusional".

The Guardian columnist Matthew d'Ancona accuses Mr Blair of yielding too much ground on the question of immigration.

He's right to acknowledge anxieties, he writes, but there's a big difference between acknowledgment and appeasement.

The Guardian leads with a claim by the UN's rapporteur on toxic waste that the government is "flouting" its duty to protect its citizens from illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution.

The paper says such harsh international criticism will embarrass ministers, whose proposals to tackle air pollution have already been ruled illegal and inadequate on two occasions.

A government spokeswoman tells the paper that EU policies have damaged the environment - and Brexit represents a chance to improve the UK's air quality.

A separate report in the Telegraph says thousands of schoolchildren are using playgrounds near roads with illegal levels of pollution.

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Image caption A spiked net designed to stop vans and lorries targeting crowds in terror attacks, unveiled by Scotland Yard

Staying with the Telegraph, and the paper reports that a new device, designed to stop a vehicle being used for a terrorist attack, has been unveiled by Scotland Yard.

It says the equipment, a heavy net "bristling with tungsten steel spikes", can stop and trap a 17-tonne lorry.

A senior police officer tells the Times the net, which can be deployed to protect public gatherings in less than a minute, "undoubtedly has the potential to save lives".