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

The president’s office stated that the French President Emmanuel Macron scheduled a top-level meeting in Paris late Saturday to review the situation, especially regarding security.

The French meteorological agency on Saturday issued a top level warning for the Caribbean Islands of St. Martin and St. Barts as Hurricane Jose visits, just three days after Hurricane Irma struck.

The high level alert warned of an intensified Category Four storm passed at a distance of around 100 kilometres (60 miles).

The forecasters said the Islands might experience winds that could be up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour, up to 100 millimetres (four inches) of rain and waves of between six to eight metres (19 to 26 feet).

St. Barts is a French overseas territory, as is the French part of St. Martin, which is divided between France and the Netherlands.

Hurricane Irma have claimed twelve lives on the two Islands and thousands of buildings were pulled down by the storm and the authorities are struggling to control looting.

The president’s office stated that the French President Emmanuel Macron scheduled a top-level meeting in Paris late Saturday to review the situation, especially regarding security.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Defence Minister Florence Parly and Interior Minister Gerard Collomb were scheduled to take part.

The French interior ministry said 410 gendarmes and 80 police have been deployed, with 150 more gendarmes set to arrive after the hurricane leaves the area on Sunday.

Eleven people have been arrested for theft, it said.

he French state-owned reinsurer CCR on Saturday estimated the damage at 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion).

All air and sea links with the two islands have been cut.

Irma is now heading for Florida, where a total of 6.3 million people have been ordered to evacuate.

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