As Hurricane Irma nears, Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort ordered to evacuate

As Hurricane Irma nears, Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort ordered to evacuate

As Hurricane Irma nears, Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort ordered to evacuate

Mayor Gail Coniglio said, "It is evident that Hurricane Irma continues to threaten the Town and the entire state of Florida with a potential landfall as a Category 4 storm". The evacuation order came on Friday.

Irma was headed for a direct hit on Florida Sunday, prompting some to estimate it could be the most expensive storm in US history. "Our teams at the Trump properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and following local and Florida State Advisories very closely to ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure".

The Palm Beach County evacuations cover low-lying areas along Lake Okeechobee, as well as a long swath of neighbourhoods along the Intracoastal Waterway and the barrier islands off Florida's east coast.

Mar-a-Lago is a members-only social club, with ballrooms, a few guest suites and living quarters for Trump himself.

Mar-a-Lago isn't the only property of the president's at risk.

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

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Hurricane Irma appears to have already damaged one Trump property, with reports indicating that the president's 11-room mansion in St. Martin was torn apart by the storm. Authorities on Wednesday said at least four people were killed and 50 injured.

As the storm turns towards Florida, and one Trump property having already been reportedly damaged, time will tell whether Irma will significantly impact another this weekend.

The 2016 AP investigation is newly relevant as a massively powerful Hurricane Irma swirls toward Florida.

"The four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed, which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed", French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told AFP.

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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