Sand blankets billionaire Richard Branson's private Caribbean island home after Hurricane Irma

He stated: "We felt the full power of the most grounded tropical storm ever in the Atlantic Ocean".

Comparing these new snaps with images taken before the hurricane hit, it becomes clear that it will take huge global efforts - and billions - to restore the islands to their former glory.

Kate Osamor, the shadow development secretary, said yesterday: "The British people in the overseas territories deserve to see first-hand that the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary are doing everything they can to get a grip on this national disaster". This is where I do think we need a much bigger global response to the funding that's needed.

British Virgin Islands was hit hard by Hurricane Irma.

Duncan is right in that it'll take a long-term process for all those affected by Hurricane Irma to fully recover, and judging by his recent efforts, Duncan seems like he's in it for the long haul.

"Hopefully electricity will return soon and more people can get in touch with loved ones".

Richard Branson among the devastation on Necker island.

Ms Penney said the storm has left islanders feeling "like we've been bombed".

In Florida, 10ft storm surges overwhelmed roads and buildings, cutting off Florida Keys from the mainland. "All residents & tourists are instructed to stay indoors".

Matt and Zoe Caveney, from Liverpool, were forced to spend much of their honeymoon confined to their hotel room at Walt Disney World in Orlando. His family had to seek shelter in the family's bathroom, as the strong winds and rained passed through.

In the US Virgin Islands, authorities said three had died in the "catastrophic" damage.

Moreover, Branson announced that Virgin Unite has made a donation to the British Red Cross to support the hurricane relief efforts.

"This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods", Branson said after the storm.

In a series of tweets and postings on Instagram, Mr Branson showed the extensive damage to Necker, his own island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

  • Leroy Wright