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

Posted September 10, 2017

Thoughts and prayers for Mar-a-Lago.

According to local outlet the Sun Sentinel, around 125,000 residents of Palm Beach were told to begin evacuating around 10 a.m. local time on Friday. Please relocate west of US-1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county/state.

An estimated 125,000 people live in the area surrounding the resort and all of Florida is under a state of emergency.

The Mar-a-Lago property, insured to the Trump Organization and Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, has an unsubsidized policy and has the "full-risk" rate for its flood zone, a FEMA spokesperson told HuffPost.

Hurricane Irma is expected to hit South Florida on Sunday morning as a Category 4 or 5 storm, carrying wind speeds upwards of 150 miles per hour.

Trump has returned repeatedly to the private club - which he bought in 1985 - to relax and conduct state business since becoming president.

Then there are those who hope Irma misses Mar-a-Lago completely, but just because they want Tropical Storm Jose - a more Hispanic-sounding name than "Irma" - to take aim at the estate.

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Irma continues to impact Florida
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Irma continues to impact Florida

This place will not move.

"I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speedup".

While President Donald Trump directs federal help to the people of Florida bracing for Irma's impact, his own properties also stand in the storm's forecasted path.

Sitting on Plum Bay on the island of Saint Martin, about 200 miles east of Puerto Rico in the Leeward Antilles, is an 11-bedroom home that Trump owns. The storm wreaked havoc on Barbuda, where 95 percent of the island's buildings were left damaged Irma.

A White House official said Trump would continue to receive regular updates on Hurricanes Irma and Jose.

On St. Martin, where the aforementioned Trump property resides, even the strongest structures were made vulnerable by Irma's powerful winds.

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