Hurricane Jose continues to move towards the Caribbean as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 230 km/h (145 mph). As of 11:00 (AST), Jose is located 190 km (120 mi) east of the Northern Leeward Islands. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to weaken in recent days and produce 5-10 cm (2-4 in) of rain.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Antigua and Barbuda as of 11:00 (AST) on Saturday, September 9. Authorities on Barbuda have ordered all 1800 residents to evacuate the island as the hurricane approaches the island. Both islands are still recovering from Hurricane Irma.
According to government officials, 90 percent of buildings on Barbuda were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The storm hit the islands as a Category 5 hurricane on Tuesday, September 5. Hundreds of residents from Barbuda were transported to the island on Antigua as a precaution.
Individuals present in the Caribbean are advised to keep abreast of weather alerts, confirm travel reservations, avoid coastal and mountainous areas (risk of flooding and landslides), and adhere to all advice issued by the local authorities.
Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult. Finally, because floodwater may also contain wastewater or chemical products, wear boots and try to avoid any contact with the water. All items having come into contact with the water should be washed and disinfected. Dispose of any food that may have come into contact with floodwater.
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