Branson SurvivesHurricane IrmaIn Wine Cellar

The British billionaire Sir Richard Branson decided to stay put on his private Caribbean island Necker, despite it being directly in the path of Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever.

His son Sam said they had survived as they hunkered down in the wine cellar, but it had destroyed a lot of the buildings.

“All of us slept together in two rooms. 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,” said Branson.

Necker, which has a large main house and several small Balinese-style houses that can accommodate about 34 people in total, is rented to private groups for $80,000 a night, according to its website. The island has more than 100 staff and two infinity pools.