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Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet’s 2011 vacation to the Caribbean’s Necker Island wasn’t all about rest and relaxation. A fire broke out at Richard Branson’s mansion when it was struck by lightning during Hurricane Irene. One of 20 houseguests, Winslet made sure her two young kids were safe and then helped carry Branson’s 90-year-old mother outside. “I’m just glad that everyone is safe,” Winslet, who is now wed to Branson’s nephew Ned Rocknroll, said. “And this easily could not have been the case.” (Photo: Jack Brockway/Splash News)

Hurricane Irene

Irene, the hurricane that weakened to a tropical storm, thrashed the East Coast, knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses, destroying piers and killing at least 40 people in 11 states. (AP)