Hurricane Irma is forcing Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate to evacuate

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09 September, 2017

Several of Donald Trump's properties, including the "winter White House" Mar-a-Lago, are in the evacuation zones ordered ahead of Hurricane Irma, now expected to make landfall in the mainland United States on Sunday morning.

"We are no longer accepting any new reservations at this time and in the event that the city of Doral is included in any evacuation order, affected guests will be required to find alternate lodging outside of the evacuation zone or possibly relocate to an evacuation center", the statement said. "Please gather the essentials for 3-4 days, including clothing, medicine, important documents, and communication devices", the town's order said.

The wants residents to be reminded they can seek shelter in a hotel on the mainland at one of the county's shelters or hunker down with friends west of USA 1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county.

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.

Others familiar with the storm's effects at Mar-a-Lago, including Trump employees, remember it differently.

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Trump has returned repeatedly to the private club - which he bought in 1985 - to relax and conduct state business since becoming president.

Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm this week, wreaking havoc and destruction on islands throughout the region.

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

The 2016 AP investigation is newly relevant as a massively powerful Hurricane Irma swirls toward Florida. The hurricane destroyed 95 percent of buildings on the island, according to AFP.

Widespread devastation was reported on St. Martin after Irma swept through. "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". It is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend.

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