Mar-a-Lago, Trump golf clubs close as Irma approaches

Mar-a-Lago, Trump golf clubs close as Irma approaches

Mar-a-Lago, Trump golf clubs close as Irma approaches

"We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and are praying for those that are in the path of Hurricane Irma", the spokesperson said.

"We are no longer accepting any new reservations at this time and in the event that the city of Doral is included in any evacuation order, affected guests will be required to find alternate lodging outside of the evacuation zone or possibly relocate to an evacuation center", the statement said.

With Hurricane Irma on course to impact Florida by the weekend, the storm is projected to hit close to home for President Donald Trump, literally.

Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin told the Palm Beach Daily he's not aware of any extra storm protection underway at Mar-a-Lago, and a local reporter who drove by the property told CNN she saw no exterior preparations.

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.

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

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

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.

Rick Scott says the state is doing all it can to relieve fuel shortages and traffic jams to keep people evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma.

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

Irma has already been blamed for 10 deaths in the Caribbean and is expected to cause millions, or even billions, of dollars in damage in its wake.

"We know that 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 Collomba told AFP.

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