Boris Johnson visits British Virgin Islands over Hurricane Irma

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As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the British Virgin Islands, Billionaire Richard Branson announced he would not leave his home on his private Necker Island. In a blog post on, he said the region needed a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan" to aid in recovery and the long-term revitalization of its economy - a reference to the multibillion-dollar USA program that helped rebuild Western European after the devastation of World War II.

Branson used the video to appeal for aid to the British Virgin Islands.

Andy, 48, who was visiting the largest island of the British Virgin Islands to upgrade a cable, says witnessing it was as terrifying as living through Category 5 hurricane.

"Virgin Unite is also working with Unite BVI and Virgin Limited Edition to support the local BVI communities".

That second image was taken about four days after Irma had slammed the islands as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds measured at 185 miles per hour.

He said that more than 500,000 British nationals had been in the path of the hurricane and that 997 British military personnel were in the Caribbean helping with the relief effort. He has now travelled to Puerto Rico where has been talking to various government and aid agencies about how they can now help people - many of whom are in dire need.

"So we haven't been able to raise the funds from other governments at the moment". Our wonderful team are fine.

Geoffrey Scott Baker said his daughter, Amy Brown, had been ignored.

He said last week: "There's an unprecedented effort going on by the United Kingdom to meet what has been an unprecedented catastrophe in that part of the Caribbean".

As of late Sunday, more than 1,200 Americans were evacuated from St. Martin, and that's expected to continue Monday.

Former San Antonio Spurs big man and proud U.S. Virgin Islands native Tim Duncan took to The Players' Tribune last Friday to seek help for the victims in his hometown, and has since drawn a huge response.

Ministers have been criticised for a sluggish response, but Mr Johnson dismissed suggestions his visit was a PR stunt.