Irma-battered French Caribbean islands escape second hurricane

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Category four hurricane Jose has passed more than 100 kilometres away from the Caribbean islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, where Hurricane Irma last week wreaked devastation and left tens of thousands homeless before moving on towards the American continent.

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Storm-hit Saint Martin and Saint Barts escaped a further battering by Hurricane Jose, which had "markedly less" of an impact on the French Caribbean islands than anticipated, France's meteorological agency said Sunday, reports The Telegraph.