Barbuda is once again threatened by a "major" hurricane just days after Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean island, causing mass devastation.
Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 storm with 150 mph sustained winds, could possibly wrack the island of around 1,800 people on Saturday. A hurricane warning is already in effect, according to the National Hurricane Center, along with the islands of Anguilla, Saint Maarten, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy.
"A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion," the advisory said.
According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which the NHC uses, hurricanes that are categories 3-5 are "major" hurricanes. Categories 4 and 5 cause "catastrophic damage."
The wrath of Irma, then a Category 5 storm, caused up to 95 percent property damage or destruction on the island on Wednesday, Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has said.
"It is extremely unfortunate that Barbuda was right in its path," Browne said.
Barbuda is a small Island in the Eastern Caribbean that Browne said has a population of around 1,800 people. Antigua, the other island that completes the small Caribbean nation where Hurricane Irma made landfall, is home to over 80,000 people.