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Hurricane Jose: French weather agency declares top alert for St Martin, St Barts

Jose passed 135 kilometres (83 miles) north of Saint Barts, also known as Saint Barthelemy, a haven for the rich and famous with celebrity visitors who have included Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander says the scenes of devastation he witnessed on the Caribbean island of St. Martin in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma are the worst he's ever seen.

"We have enough fresh water for all of us to survive for two weeks, if we ration", Catherine Clayton, whose family owns an eight-room hotel in Josiah's Bay, a relatively remote corner of the largest BVI island Tortola, told the New York Times.

Irma walloped Cuba's northern coast on Saturday as a Category 5 storm and was expected to hit Florida on Sunday morning, threatening massive damage from wind and flooding to the fourth-largest US state by population. However, they were evacuated by plane early this morning to Puerto Rico.

Some 70 percent of the beds at the main hospital in the French portion of St. Martin were severely damaged, and more than 100 people in need of urgent medical care have been evacuated.

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French President Emmanuel Macron will fly into St Martin on Tuesday to survey the damage in the French colony, as authorities seek to deliver supplies of food and water.

Ahead of Jose's expected arrival later Saturday in Barbuda, Prime Minister Gaston Browne ordered the emergency evacuation of that island's entire population, about 1,600 people, to neighboring Antigua, which was spared the brunt of Irma.

"Weather conditions are deteriorating", the local administration in Guadeloupe said.

Hurricane Irma left nine dead and flattened many homes on St. Martin and nearby St. Barts.

The French government on Sunday defended its hurricane preparations for the hard-hit Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St. Barts, rejecting criticism by political opponents and by islanders who felt abandoned as their homes and towns were devastated.

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The prime minister said Saturday that St. Maarten remains under curfew and looting that took place immediately after the storm has subsided.

Jose is barrelling along a similar path as Irma towards hard-hit St Martin, Anguilla, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands among others. Others, including St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, banned flyovers.

Two men, one them a junior officer in the border police, were arrested overnight as they were stealing boating equipment, police said Friday.

Fatalities also were reported in Matanzas, home to the tourist resort of Varadero, and the regions of Ciego de Avila and Camaguey farther east.

On St. Maarten, where the airport was badly damaged by Irma, dozens of Dutch tourists were forced to watch as Canadian and American flights picked up their vacationing citizens.

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