Hurricane Irma forces evacuation of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate

Geneva Matthews
September 10, 2017

The President tweeted that Hurricane Irma was of "epic proportion" but did not reference his private club, which he refers to as the "Southern White House".

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.

"In 30 years, the grounds of Mar-a-Lago could be under at least a foot of water for 210 days a year because of tidal flooding along the intracoastal water way, with the water rising past some of the cottages and bungalows", The Guardian reported.

The evacuation was part of an official order that covered Palm Beach, the barrier islands and other low-lying areas of Palm Beach County, the Sun Sentinel newspaper said. Please relocate west of US-1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county/state. On Friday morning, projections indicated that it was likely Irma will take the "worst case scenario" path into the Sunshine State.

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.

The structure has existed since 1927, when it was built for Marjorie Merriweather Post, a food industry heiress - Trump later bought the club in 1985 for $5 million. "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]".

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

Hurricane Irma is a Category 4 storm that first hit several Caribbean islands this week, and is predicted to reach Florida this weekend.

Irma, which is now is battering the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with 185-mph winds, landed in Barbuda earlier today.

The state of Florida is evacuating in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, including U.S.

Locations of Trump properties potentially in the path of Hurricane Irma.

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