Richard Branson to ride out Irma in wine cellar

Richard Branson to ride out Irma in wine cellar”

In an order on Monday, Mapp activated the National Guard to "restore public order, and to guarantee the safety of life and property" in anticipation of the hurricane, the Daily Caller first reported. "I will be on Necker alongside our team". The storm hit the Caribbean islands on Wednesday and is on path to hit parts of the British Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Irma - a rare Category Five storm - slammed into French Caribbean islands on Wednesday bringing gusting winds of up to 294kmh, weather experts said.

Irma, sporting winds of 185 miles per hour, is expected to hit the island around 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello have both declared states of emergencies ahead of the storm, which is now making its way westward across the Atlantic. He remained on the island through those storms, and he plans to do the same for Hurricane Irma.

On Necker Island we have constructed really strong buildings (with hurricane blinds) that should be able to handle extreme weather pretty well, though with a Category 5 hurricane nearly nothing can withstand it. Despite his assurances, many guests chose not to join Branson.

One of those residents is billionaire Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson, who has been keeping his Twitter followers updated with his efforts to tackle the hurricane and if when it reaches his residence of Necker Island.

He purchased Necker Island for $180,000 in 1979.

"It may sound unusual, but I consider hurricanes one of the wonders of the natural world", Branson said in a statement to Virgin's website. I beheld nature at its most ferocious.

Branson's exclusive resort facing Irma's wrath was the tropical getaway of choice for former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama after leaving the White House in January.

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