Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort swept up in Hurricane Irma evacuation

by Garry Watts September 9, 2017, 17:31
Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort swept up in Hurricane Irma evacuation

Trump International Beach Resort indicated on its website that it has closed due to the storm, while the residences are on a barrier island subject to the evacuation order.

Hurricane Irma is forecast to hit southern Florida as a Category 4 storm with 145 miles per hour winds, promising an extreme, "life-threatening" storm surge threat to the entire southern tip of Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

Others familiar with the storm's effects at Mar-a-Lago, including Trump employees, remember it differently.

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".

The town is asking that residents gather the essentials for three to four days, including clothing, medicine, important documents, and communication devices and evacuate by 5 p.m. Friday.

Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort has survived through hurricanes before.

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"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", said the spokesperson.

All three of Trump's golf clubs have been closed, according to NBC's Hallie Jackson.

The Miami Herald reports that people staying at Mar-a-Lago, which is located in Palm Beach County, are among the estimated 125,000 people being evacuated from that portion of southern Florida. Even in 1992, when the historic Hurricane Andrew cost Florida about $25 billion in damage at the time, there was relatively little damage around Palm Beach. The hurricane destroyed 95 percent of buildings on the island, according to AFP.

In the meanwhile, as Hurricane Irma continues to approach Florida, air travel is expected to be affected in the United States following the first official hurricane warnings issued for the city by the National Hurricane Center late Thursday.

Florida Highway Safety spokeswoman Beth Frady says troopers escorted trucks from two Florida ports to stations in Marion and Martin counties overnight, and also were escorting trucks from Georgia to stations in Perry, in north central Florida near where Interstate 75 crosses Interstate 10.


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