CABARET, Haiti — Emergency responders from the United States and Europe rushed to aid idyllic islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma as weary authorities in the eastern Caribbean fortified shelters and evacuated residents Friday ahead of a looming second blow by Hurricane Jose.
The National Hurricane Center said that Jose, now a Category 4 storm, is churning toward the northern Leeward Islands and people there should start to feel its effects on Saturday.
Residents and officials accustomed to the charms of pastel towns and the gentle rustle of banana trees in jade-coloured hills mourned their ruined isles. Still, the death toll — at least 22, according to the Associated Press — appeared remarkably low, given the scenes of destruction in the Caribbean.
On the devastated island of Barbuda, authorities and private tour operators scrambled to evacuate the remainder of the 1,600 residents to emergency shelters on nearby Antigua. Barbuda was a tropical ghost town …