Richard Branson's Necker Island home 'destroyed' after being struck by Hurricane Irma

Bunking down on Necker Island as Hurricane Irma approaches

Branson spent millions of pounds transforming the uninhabitable island into a private retreat‚ which has hosted the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm packing winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kilometers per hour), passed over the island of Barbuda east of Puerto Rico early on Wednesday.

He said: "On Necker Island we have constructed really strong buildings (with hurricane blinds) that should be able to handle extreme weather pretty well, though with a Category Five hurricane nearly nothing can withstand it". We took shelter from the strongest hurricane ever inside the concrete cellar on Necker and very, very fortunately it held firm.

The hurricane should be pummelling Necker Island, the aforementioned private isle owned by Branson, at the time this post was published.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is threatening legal action to stop a seizure of guns and ammunition by U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp (I) ahead of Hurricane Irma, the group said Tuesday. He added: "The atmosphere is eerie but handsome".

Some of his guests, though, "have cut their trip short for safety reasons, and another group of guests have also postponed", Branson wrote in a blog post.

Necker Island Richard Branson’s private island
Necker Island Richard Branson’s private island

Scott said President Donald Trump "offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma".

"I haven't had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid", Branson said.

Meanwhile, Florida locals are bracing themselves for what they fear will be their worst storm in 25 years. He went on to turn the island into a private retreat which can accommodate up to 34 guests at once, with additional room for six children.

Authorities in the British Virgin Islands have advised people to find safe shelter and have emergency supplies kit packed with supplies for at least three days.

Despite the approaching storm, Branson said, people were "calm and upbeat". "I know we will all band together and rebuild the islands to become stronger and even more wonderful than they were before".

"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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