Branson shares Hurricane Irma photos detailing destruction

Richard Branson survives hurricane in island wine cellar

'Whole houses' swept away by Irma on Branson's island

Sir Richard Branson has shared a video from his Necker Island home to highlight the damage that has been caused to the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma. "I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma's path - potentially impacting millions of Floridians". But we are very fortunate to have a strong cellar built into Necker's Great House and were very lucky all of our teams who stayed on (the) island during the storm are safe and well.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Virgin Islands, where winds of 40 to 50 miles per hour with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and 4 to 10 inches of rain are expected from now-Category 5 Hurricane Irma.

Branson is the 324th wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of about $5 billion, according to Forbes, which notes that he bought Necker Island for $180,000. "Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the disaster elsewhere in the [British Virgin Islands], Caribbean and beyond", he said. Branson reiterated the state of things in his post on Thursday, stating that Necker and the area "have been completely and utterly devastated".

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"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", the businessman said in a statement. But that wasn't the case for the surrounding area or the rest of Necker Island, his property for over 40 years.

As Hurricane Irma is set to hit the United States and its territories, governments at the federal, state, and local levels are beginning to prepare for the strong storm.

"All of us slept together in two rooms".

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Many in the chain of Leeward Islands known as the playground for the rich and famous have criticized governments for failing to respond quickly to the disaster caused by the Category 5 hurricane. I haven't had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid. "Knowing our wonderful team as I do‚ I suspect there will be little wine left in the cellar when we all emerge".

Branson said that Virgin has donated to the British Red Cross to support relief efforts.

That's exactly what Richard Branson did on Necker Island as he faced down a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.

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"We have seen first-hand just how ferocious and unforgiving this storm was", he added.

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