Ravaged by Hurricane Irma, Saint Martin and Saint Barts escaped a further battering by Jose, which had “markedly less” of an impact on the two Caribbean islands than anticipated, France’s meteorological agency said Sunday. The agency had issued its highest warning, saying the Category 4 Hurricane Jose could become a “dangerous event of exceptional intensity”. “I’m relieved, almost happy,” said Saint Martin resident Donald Tchuisseu, a plastic glass of gin in hand after toasting Jose’s mercy with a friend.

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