Hurricane Jose path update puts St Martin and St Barts on HIGHEST ALERT

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

HURRICANE Jose has put St Martin and St Barthélemy on a race against time as latest track models put the storm on collision course with the islands just days after Irma unleashed hell on the island.

Sat, Sep 9, 2017

The islands are on their highest alert, purple, with officials warning the northern Leeward islands that even the most unsuspecting object can be transformed into a deadly projectile.

Hurricane Jose is declared a Category 4 hurricane, with latest NOAA National Hurricane Center forecasts predicting 145mph gusts and up to six inches of rain.

José “will pass birth if the island of Saint-Martin” and have “repercussions on winds and swell” in St Barts, according to France’s Interior Ministry, with sea levels set to rise up to three metres.

Torrential rains are also expected, with conditions due to be so bad emergency services will not be able to operate.

The Préfecture de Saint-Barthélemy et de Saint-Martin, France’s federal Government office, have warned residents of the islands to clear off the streets and get to safety immediately once the purple hurricane level of alert is activated today from 11.30am.

They urged: “Go to your homes and emergency shelters.

Do not drive, in order not to interfere with the movement of emergency and rescue equipment and security forces.”

Jacques Witkowski, Director General of Civil Security and Crisis Management, said: “The northern islands have been placed in red alert, which means movements are limited to a minimum.

“Within a few hours, when the hurricane approaches, the islands will reach purple alert, which means confinement. Even rescue services will no longer operate because of the danger.

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