Sir Richard Branson Survives Irma, Says Son

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Richard Branson finds a nice place to hunker down on his island as Hurricane Irma hits

"I know we will all band together and rebuild the islands to become stronger and even more wonderful than they were before". "I haven't had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid".

The Category 5 storm, which killed at least 28 people across the region, devastated housing, power supplies and communications, leaving some small islands nearly cut off from the world.

"We were listening to the parrots in their boxes in the next room chattering away".

"Virgin Limited Edition can confirm that on the 6th September 2017 Necker Island sustained extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Irma", a Virgin Group representative told Business Insider in an email.

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Branson said the government's response to the Hurricane - which has been highly criticised - has led to "worrying reports of civil unrest". Sir Richard Branson-who had been actively posting on Twitter up until the evening, had said that the group of people staying at Necker Island would retreat to the compound's concrete wine cellar before the eye of the hurricane hit.

Irma destroyed "upwards of 90 percent" of the island of Barbuda, which lay directly in its path.

Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island in 2014.

"We are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place in the last 24 hours and our hearts and thoughts are with our friends and family in the Caribbean", Branson's blog read Thursday morning.

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"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.

"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 Island during the storm are safe and well". "We will do whatever we can to support and assist our local community through this extremely testing time".

"Please don't take this hurricane lightly if it is heading your way", he wrote, adding that everyone on the island survived.

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