Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island home smashed by Hurricane Irma

Richard Branson emerges from wine cellar bunker after Irma 'devastated' his private island

Richard Branson rides out Hurricane Irma in wine cellar

Richard's son Sam provided the update on social media, posting: "Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed".

"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", he wrote. Branson explained that while the extent of the damage still needed to be assessed, "whole houses and trees have disappeared" and "bathroom and bedroom doors and windows have flown 40 feet away".

"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".

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But he said the British Virgin Islands, where his island is located, would need "major help to rebuild people's homes, buildings, livelihoods" and urged the British government to "send as much help as possible".

It was the fourth hurricane the English businessman had ridden out on the island in three decades, but he said the force of Irma was unprecedented. Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in south Florida has since been evacuated as the state braces for the storm this weekend.

"I have never seen anything like this hurricane", he said in a blog post after the storm passed. "Our thoughts are with all the people and regions hit by Hurricane Irma, and all those in the USA communities now facing the storm".

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The premier of the British Virgin Islands on Sunday called for the provide long-term support in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which killed five people in the territory.

"Breitbart News reported that Mapp ordered the National Guard to active duty for the purposes of "[maintaining] the health, welfare, and safety of the people of the Virgin Islands in the face of imminent danger or potential disaster from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma".

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