Hurricane Irma Devastated Richard Branson's Private Island, But He's Safe

Richard Branson

Donald Trump's estate on St Martin island was destroyed by Hurricane Irma on Wednesday! Branson, however, will have some protection.

The group is spending the storm in a concrete wine cellar beneath his house.

Branson is not alone, though.

The billionaire businessman described the atmosphere on the island as "eerie but beautiful" as the record-breaking hurricane approaches his luxury retreat.

"Very concerned for our friends and everyone on the neighboring islands and people in its path", he continued.

Sean Ash of WTHR-NBC tweeted out that Branson and his crew didn't receive any luck.

Branson, along with about a dozen Virgin Group staff members, had a sleepover of epic proportions on Necker Island which has withstood 3 hurricanes in the past 30 years. Here's how that looked. We took shelter from the strongest hurricane ever inside the concrete cellar on Necker and very, very fortunately it held firm.

His son, Sam Branson, posted a few pictures of the devastation on Instagram, with one caption reading, "Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed".

The storm has ploughed past the Dominican Republic toward Haiti after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 10 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century continues on its path towards Florida.

Guests that Branson had to stay on Necker Island have had to cut their trip short and head home.

In a post titled, "The night before Hurricane Irma arrives", Branson spoke of the "howling wind and rain as Hurricane Irma edges ever closer towards us", adding "The atmosphere is eerie but handsome". "In the past, many British Virgin Islanders have shrugged off hurricanes, stayed at home and not gone to shelters", he writes.

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has ordered its national guard to seize guns, ammunition and other weapons from its citizens as the territory prepares for Hurricane Irma to make landfall.

According to Branson, those who remained on Necker Island spent the nights before the storm in summer-camp-style bunk beds. Communications and power are still down and/or limited due to the effects of the storm around the island, but please be informed that we are all safe. "We will do whatever we can to support and assist our local community through this extremely testing time".

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