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

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

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

The members-only club, which Trump has used as a winter White House, was ordered to evacuate Friday morning along with the entire town of Palm Beach as Irma approaches.

Yet an Associated Press investigation published past year revealed there was little evidence of large-scale damage to Mar-a-Lago, and that Trump also kept some of the insurance money for his personal use rather than spending it on repairs.

The National Hurricane Center issued warnings for large areas of southern Florida earlier this week, and Palm Beach County announced on Thursday that areas listed in three of five zones should be evacuated before the storm hits. One of the most powerful storms Hurricane Irma is expected to brutalize Florida's southern archipelago.

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. That's why, during a hurricane, you'll always see me here.

The AP also looked at building records and permits that showed no significant construction took place at Mar-a-Lago after the storm, aside from $3,000 in repairs to lighting and a cleaning of a beachfront pool.

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U.S. President Donald Trump urged residents of Florida to stay safe ahead of Hurricane Irma's arrival.

"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.

"The damage in the Caribbean and beyond is absolutely devastating and we are still assessing the situation at our property in St. Martin".

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.

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