“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,” Branson wrote.
“The atmosphere is eerie but beautiful. Everyone is willing
the eye of the storm to veer away from the BVI in these last few
According to Branson, the storm is expected to hit his
private island within a matter of hours. The Virgin Group
chairman said the island’s occupants will ride out the brunt of
the storm inside his wine cellar.
“We are expecting to get the full force of the hurricane in
around five hours’ time when we will retreat to a concrete
wine cellar under the Great House,” Branson added. “Knowing our
wonderful team as I do, I suspect there will be little wine left
in the cellar when we all emerge.”
The billionaire entrepreneur noted the unprecedented
strength of the storm with winds
topping 185 mph and expressed his concern for the well-being
of everyone in Irma’s path.
Thus far, Branson and his team on Necker Island spent the
night in summer camp-style bunk beds. The group passed the time
by playing dice games like Perudo and observing the wildlife on
“All of us slept together in two rooms. I haven’t had a sleepover
quite like it since I was a kid,” Branson wrote. “We were
listening to the parrots in their boxes in the next room
chattering away. Watching the tortoises
congregating together as if they sense what is coming our
Hopefully, we’ll get further updates from Sir Richard and his
team on Necker Island.
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