Richard Branson to ride out Category 5 hurricane in his wine cellar

While Hurricane Irma has sparked fears of unprecedented devastation from people in the storm’s path, billionaire Richard Branson does not seem worried.

In fact, he seems to be enjoying the opportunity to quaff some wine.

The eccentric Virgin founder is waiting out Irene, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, in the British Virgin Islands despite potentially sitting in the storm’s path.

“The atmosphere is eerie but beautiful”, Mr Branson wrote in a blog post.

Irma has already begun pummeling the archipelago, and the National Hurricane Center warned of water levels surging by as much as 11 feet.


Rather than anxiety, Mr Branson projected festiveness on the night before the storm was expected to hit. He seemed delighted to be sharing space with his guests, saying “I haven’t had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid” and noting that he plans to wait out the storm in his wine cellar.

“I suspect there will be little wine left in the cellar when we all emerge”, Mr Branson wrote.

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