Can Trump's 'storm-proof' Mar-a-Lago home survive Hurricane Irma?

Sep 12, 2017, 01:20
Can Trump's 'storm-proof' Mar-a-Lago home survive Hurricane Irma?

Much of Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma to make landfall over the weekend, and some of President Donald Trump's properties are also in the Category 4 storm's path. Trump's properties - Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter and Trump National Doral in Miami - could all be impacted by the storm if it travels along its predicted trajectory.

The photo was taken at Jacksonville Beach, one of the areas under a mandatory evacuation.

Small dogs are housed in the small dog area after check in at the Palm Beach County Hurricane Irma animal shelter in Boynton Beach, Fla., on Friday.

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

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.

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. However, Fortune reports that Mar-a-Lago isn't Trump's only South Florida property.

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

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.

"That house has never been seriously damaged", Trump's long-time (and controversial) former butler Anthony Senecal said in an interview with the AP.

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