Kate Winslet Escapes Fiery Hurricane Hell on Richard Branson's IslandS

As we speak, Hurricane Irene (upgraded from "tropical storm" this morning and the first Atlantic hurricane of the season) is ravaging the Caribbean. So obviously, the next question on your mind must be, "But how are local celebrities doing?" The New York Post will have you know that Kate Winslet narrowly escaped a fire at Richard Branson's private isle in the British Virgin Islands. Branson's guests all got out safely, but his home, office, and "thousands of photographs" were "completely destroyed."

Irene is currently west-northwest of San Juan, and heading for the Dominican Republican and maybe Miami next. FEMA advises South Floridians to "get prepared" now. [NYP, Bloomberg, FEMA, images via Getty and FEMA]