As Hurricane Irma prepared to hit the British Virgin islands, billionaire Richard Branson and his team decided to weather the storm in a wine cellar at Branson’s home.
On his blog, the Virgin founder wrote Wednesday that he decided to stay at his home on Necker Island — Branson’s private, 74-acre Caribbean Island — where he’s been through three hurricanes in the past 30 years.
“All of us slept together in two rooms,” the billionaire wrote alongside a photo of people in bunk beds. “I haven’t had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid. Strangely, it’s a privilege to experience what is turning into possibly the strongest storm ever with such a great group of young people.”
Thursday morning, as the storm hit, Branson’s son Sam shared a video of the devastation.
An update on the Virgin website said that everyone from the team was accounted for:
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. We are very grateful to be able to report that all of our team on Island have been accounted for as safe as well. Necker Island felt the effects of Hurricane Irma and sustained extensive damage, the extent of which we are still assessing. We’d like to thank all of you for your thoughts and would like to assure you that we will be keeping you along, with our family and friends, updated this week as we know more. We will do whatever we can to support and assist our local community through this extremely testing time.