British tabloid: “Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island home is obliterated as 185mph Hurricane Irma makes DIRECT hit”

(Credit: Branson’s Twitter feed)

“Richard Branson’s Necker Island home has been completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma,” the Daily Mail is reporting.

“The British billionaire retreated to his concrete bunker as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic directly hit his Caribbean complex on Wednesday.

“And as of 1pm local time, his home on Necker Island was in directly in the eye of Hurricane Irma and the storm continued to batter the area for several hours.

“His son Sam Branson took to Instagram to tell his followers that his father and his staff were safe.

“He wrote:’Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok. Sad to say that most of the buildings have been destroyed and main house is ‘uninhabitable’.

“Making me very concerned for our friends and everyone on the neighbouring islands and people in its path.

“Please don’t take this hurricane lightly if it is heading your way. If your building is not very solid, do find somewhere safe! Homes can be rebuilt but lives can’t.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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