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Three missing after major hurricane hits French Caribbean

Hurricane Gonzalo over the Caribbean Ocean in a NOAA satellite image, 13 october 2014.
Hurricane Gonzalo over the Caribbean Ocean in a NOAA satellite image, 13 october 2014. Reuters/NOAA/Handout

Three people are missing after a major hurricane hit  the French Caribbean islands of Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin on Monday.

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Hurricane Gonzalo hit Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin on Monday night with heavy gusts of wind reaching 150 kilometres per hour. 

A warning has been issued and people have been ordered to stay at home on both islands.

Earlier on Monday, Gonzalo was merely a tropical storm threatening Guadeloupe though it finally spared the island before turning into a major hurricane heading towards the neighbouring islands of Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin. 

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Three have been reported missing, two on Saint-Barthélémy and one on Saint-Martin. 

No information was available about other casualties and damage.

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