Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island in 2014.
From the British Virgin Islands to Cuba, Caribbean islanders have begun counting the cost of Hurricane Irma after the brutal storm left a trail of death, destruction and chaos that could take the tourist-dependent region years to recover from.
Branson on Tuesday had announced that, instead of evacuating, he would stay on Necker Island and ride out the storm.
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”.
Branson and team hanging out in bunk beds. The entrepreneur, who retreated to the concrete wine cellar at the property when the Category 5 hurricane struck on Wednesday, said he and his team on the island were all safe but the buildings and trees had been swept away. Our wonderful team are fine.
Branson has since remained in the Caribbean and has deployed his private yacht Necker Belle to carry supplies from Barbados to the worst-hit islands across the Caribbean.
“Fortunately, a lot of them drift north of us, but this one is coming straight for us, with the eye of the storm heading straight for Necker, Moskito Island and Virgin Gorda”, he said. “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”. “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“, the post began.
In past hurricanes, such as Hawaii’s Hurricane Iniki in 1992, flamingos were known to form lines and take turns buffering the others from the winds, and most survived as a result.