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Irma now heading for Eddie Irvine's paradise isle

 

By Staff Reporter

The Bahamas hideaway of Northern Ireland former Formula 1 star Eddie Irvine lies directly in the path of Hurricane Irma, as it carves out a trail of devastation across the tropical islands of the Caribbean.

Co Down man Irvine bought his strip of paradise on Exumja Cays in the Bahamas for £1m back in 2010.

The former Formula One racing driver spotted the islands while flying over the Bahamas on his private jet from his Miami base.

Islands in the region range from £500,000 to £83m, depending on size.

The Caribbean is home to a galaxy of Hollywood A listers - whose mansions are now threatened by the storm which has already killed 10 people, flattened property and destroyed infrastructure across the islands.

Actors Johnny Depp and Eddie Murphy, and illusionist David Copperfield also have mansions in the Bahamas.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards has a mansion in the neighbouring Turks and Caicos Islands. Virgin founder and owner Richard Branson owns Necker Island - one of the British Virgin Islands - which has already been wrecked by the hurricane.

Residents in the British Virgin isalnds have reported that roofs had been blown off, and that they had seen a deluge of rain accompanied by harsh winds that ripped all of the leaves off the trees, leaving behind a scene of apocalyptic emptiness.

Hurricane Irma is heading north, with the Bahamas lying directly in its path as it moves towards Florida where it is expected to make landfall soon.

President Donald Trump, said that the National Guard has saved more than 14,000 lives in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey brought devastating winds and rains last week. "I can say this: Florida is as well prepared as you can be for something like this, and now it's just a question of what happens," he said.

"It's the largest hurricane we've ever seen coming out of the Atlantic, and the winds are the strongest that we've ever seen from a hurricane in the region."

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