Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island home smashed by Hurricane Irma

Irma wreaks destruction on St Martin

Those are just some of the pictures from Sam Branson's Instagram that tailed just some of the destruction in the British Virgin Islands that took a direct hit from the storm.

The Dutch government on Sunday described the situation as "fragile" on its half of the island of St. Martin, where an undisclosed number of arrests of looters were made after Irma damaged or destroyed 70 percent of the local housing stock.

That will leave thousands of people who are already stranded and stripped of their possessions waiting several more days for much-needed aid.

The National Rifle Association is threatening legal action after the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday authorized the government to seize personal guns and ammunition that could be utilized by authorities in response to Hurricane Irma. Based on satellite photos, the center of Hurricane Irma-an enormously strong, Category 5 hurricane-appeared to have directly hit Necker Island as it passed slightly to the north of the British Virgin Islands.

Businessman Branson, who has lived in the British Virgin Islands for the past 11 years, said in a blog post on www.virgin.com that the region needed a "Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan" to rebuild and revitalize its economy - a reference to the multibillion-dollar USA program that helped rebuild Western Europe after the devastation of World War Two.

Damage to these resorts, along with heavy agricultural losses and reconstruction costs elsewhere in the country, will be a major economic strain on the country.

The island of Guadeloupe, which was spared by Hurricane Irma, has become a staging ground for aid efforts, with hundreds of largely French rescue workers using it as an operational hub.

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He told how he has travelled to Puerto Rico to "further mobilise aid efforts" but is planning to head to the British Virgin Islands to continue the recovery effort.

Buildings were leveled, once lush and verdant hillsides were reduced to barren stumps and roads were washed away.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, residents of the capital of Charlotte Amalie reported long lines for dwindling supplies of basics such as water, food and gasoline. The region's overall death toll is at least 30. He urged people to take the incoming storm seriously.

This may be a smart move to ensure safety for locals and tourists in this U.S. territory, while some say, we will keep our guns no matter what.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the "whole government is mobilized" to help and the pillaging that hit the island in the immediate aftermath of the storm had stopped. But communications remain spotty there.

Meanwhile two police officers have been killed in a head on collision while three million homes are without power after Hurricane Irma struck Florida earlier than expected.

"The fear has always been, if we have a hit like what we have now, and the USA gets a serious hit, we will be completely forgotten", said Brigitte Berry, whose family is from St. Thomas.

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