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Thomas heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma

Thomas heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma

"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. In Miami-Dade County, the storm also spurred the start of that region's biggest-ever evacuation effort.

Forecasts show Hurricane Irma could slam Florida this weekend, and as South Floridians brace for a potentially devastating storm, it's possible that multiple Trump Organization properties could be in its path. Mar-a-Lago could be seen with windows visibly shuttered and boarded up, according to a tweet from WPBF reporter Whitney Burbank.

Category 5 Irma is expected to arrive in South Florida starting Saturday.

The decision to close the properties follows an order from Palm Beach County officials telling begin evacuating the area by 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. Among the places now under the order are at least four Trump properties: Trump Grande, Trump Towers, Trump Hollywood, and Mar-a-Lago.

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.

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"Our teams at our four properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and are following local and Florida State Advisories very closely to help ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure".

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

A large swath of the Florida coast, including Palm Beach island, is under a storm-surge warning - meaning "there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland", according to the National Hurricane Center. St. Martin was among the many small islands where Hurricane Irma first made landfall. Even in 1992, when the historic Hurricane Andrew cost Florida about $25 billion in damage at the time, there was relatively little damage around Palm Beach.

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