By Colin James
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Oct 21 (Reuters)
- Hurricane Jose weakened on Thursday to a minimal hurricane, but not
before pummeling the tiny islands of the northeastern Caribbean.
The eye of the storm and its fiercest
winds passed on Wednesday directly over Antigua, a tourism-dependent island
badly damaged by Hurricane Luis four years ago.
Winds clocked at 100 mph (160 kph) blew
off roofs, downed power lines and knocked over trees. Residents were cautioned
to stay inside.
But by 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT) on Thursday,