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Hurricane Jose

Decimated by Irma, Caribbean islands brace for Jose

Caribbean islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma, which tore through the region as a Category 5 storm starting on Wednesday, are now bracing for another direct hit by Hurricane Jose, which is expected to make landfall beginning Saturday as a Category 4 storm.

Particularly vulnerable is the tiny island of Barbuda, which sustained an estimated 95 percent destruction by Irma. All remaining residents are being evacuated in advance of Jose.

Residents of Saint Martin, an island split between Dutch and French sovereignty, also report 95 percent destruction, like a "lawn mower from the sky has gone over the island." President Trump extended condolences for the damage to French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday.