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Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate closes ahead of Hurricane Irma

Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate closes ahead of Hurricane Irma

In the event that the city of Doral falls under Miami-Dade County's evacuation orders, guests at Trump National Doral will be required to find lodging elsewhere or take shelter in an evacuation center, the spokesperson said.

Hurricane Irma is forecast to hit southern Florida as a Category 4 storm with 145 miles per hour winds, promising an extreme, "life-threatening" storm surge threat to the entire southern tip of Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

The Palm Beach County evacuations cover low-lying areas along Lake Okeechobee, as well as a long swath of neighbourhoods along the Intracoastal Waterway and the barrier islands off Florida's east coast.

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.

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Mar-a-Lago is a members-only social club, with ballrooms, a few guest suites and living quarters for Trump himself. "Our three private properties in Florida - The Mar-a-Lago Club, Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter have all been closed", Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller said in a statement on Friday. The Le Chateau des Palmiers on the island of St. Martin was in the direct path of then-category 5 Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported. But its condition is unknown after Hurricane Irma pummeled the region.

Hurricane Irma killed four people on St. Martin, where Trump's home is located.

On Friday the Trump spokesperson said they are "still addressing the situation at our property in St. Martin".

We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed.
Since the Trump National Doral Miami resort will likely be impacted by the storm, she added "we strongly urge those guests and members now holding reservations at the hotel to make alternative lodging arrangements outside of the storm's reach".