Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate closes ahead of Hurricane Irma

A partially submerged car is seen at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives in Miami Florida
A partially submerged car is seen at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives in Miami Florida
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09 September, 2017

Afterwards, Hurricane Irma continued on a path that saw it inflict varying amounts of damage on Puerto Rico, the Domincan Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos, among others.

The evacuation order went in place at 10 a.m. Friday, part of a series of orders that will require 155,000 people to leave their homes in Palm Beach County alone.

Irma was headed for a direct hit on Florida Sunday, prompting some to estimate it could be the most expensive storm in US history. Though the storm was powerful, the AP could only find evidence of some downed trees and missing roof tiles at Mar-a-Lago.

"Our teams at our four properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and are following local and Florida State Advisories very closely to help ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure", a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement Friday.

Mar-a-Lago is located in a coastal county in southeast Florida that sees regular tidal flooding and has withstood multiple storms since it was built in 1927.

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When reporters asked Mar-a-Lago member and former Palm Beach Mayor Jack McDonald about the sum, he said, "I am unable to comprehend $17 million in reimbursable damage".

Trump also owns three golf courses in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, as well as an 11-bedroom mansion on the French side of the Carribean island of St. Martin. The Trump Org. closed Mar-A-Lago ahead of the storm, along with the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, according to Politico.

Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm this week, wreaking havoc and destruction on islands throughout the region. The storm is expected to engulf much of the state, and Mar-a-Lago - where Trump often spends his weekends - is in the storm's path. St. Martin was among the many small islands where Hurricane Irma first made landfall.

Widespread devastation was reported on St. Martin after Irma swept through.


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