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Hurricane Jose expected to hit Caribbean islands ravaged by Irma

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Hurricane Jose, a “dangerous category four hurricane”, is heading towards the eastern Caribbean islands already ravaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this week.

At 10:00 a.m., today, Jose was about 160 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, and was forecast to hit the outlying islands later today.

The US national hurricane centre has issued hurricane warnings for St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, and tropical storm warnings for Barbuda, Anguilla, Saba and St. Eustatius. A troprical storm watch is in effect for British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and St. John and Antigua.

Many of Irma’s victims have already fled their devastated islands on ferries and fishing boats for fear of Jose, which could punish some places all over again this weekend.

A woman called “Jeremiah”, who was huddled in her wooden home on Barbuda this week with her partner and their two young son, aged 2 and 4, lost the younger child when Irma ripped open their metal roof and sent the ocean surging into their house. The child’s body was found the following morning.

The dead included 11 on St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the US Virgin Islands, four in the British Virgin Islands, and one each on Anguilla and Barbuda.

In Mexico, which is also grappling the effects of its most powerful earthquake in a century, Katia – a category 1 hurricane – is expected to cause landslides and flooding in Veracruz. State officials have urged people living below hills and slopes to evacuate.

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