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Billionaire Branson rides out Irma

Billionaire Branson rides out Irma”

Billionaire Richard Branson and his staff have survived a battering by hurricane Irma by taking shelter in a concrete wine cellar on his private island in the Caribbean. Necker and the whole area have been completely and utterly devastated.

"Necker Island felt the effects of Hurricane Irma and sustained extensive damage, the extent of which we are still assessing".

"Outside of the bunker, bathroom and bedroom doors and windows have flown 40 feet away".

Branson isn't the only celebrity affected by the storm.

"Generally speaking, we have one hurricane in the British Virgin Islands around every 10 years", Branson wrote in a blog post quoted by the Post.

Proceeds from the shop helped build a recording studio, and Virgin Records came into being in 1972.

"For those who are still in the path of Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose to come, I can not emphasise enough how important it is to put safety first and prepare as strongly as possible".

Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp owns a 45-acre private island in the Bahamas as does funnyman Eddie Murphy. "We had some lovely guests staying on Necker Island who have cut their trip short for safety reasons, and another group of guests have also postponed".

"All of us slept together in two rooms", Branson wrote. I haven't had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid.

"We have just experienced a night of howling wind and rain as Hurricane Irma edges ever closer towards us on Necker and the British Virgin Islands", he said. "I know we will all band together and rebuild the islands to become stronger and even more wonderful than they were before".

AN ANXIOUS father who has not heard from his "huge family" in Anguilla since Hurricane Irma hit has urged the British government to do more to help. He expressed concern for others in Irma's path. He said his blog post was dictated through a satellite phone.

Sir Richard admitted the eye of the category five hurricane is heading straight for Necker Island after lashing the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, St Barthelemy and St Martin today.

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an order which allowed for the confiscation of citizens guns, ammunition, explosives, and property the National Guard may need to use in response efforts during the storm.

"Having seen first-hand the power of this storm, please ensure you stay inside, ideally in organised shelters or other solid concrete structures with water, supplies and emergency contact plans".



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