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Town of Palm Beach orders evacuations

Town of Palm Beach orders evacuations

Please gather the essentials for three to four days, including clothing, medicine, important documents and communication devices.

In addition to Trump's "Winter White House" at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, the Trump Organization has multiple properties near or on the South Florida coastline: Trump Grande, Trump International Beach Resort, and Trump Towers in Sunny Isles, Trump Hollywood in Hollywood Beach, Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach, plus Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter and Trump National Doral in Doral.

Mar-a-Lago was already closed, even before Irma approached.

As a result, mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued for Florida Keys and swaths of southern and coastal Florida, since Irma is the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, classified as a Category 5 storm with winds reaching 185mph.

Donald Trump Jr. got married there two weeks after Hurricane Wilma, which seems like an event unlikely to have taken place had Mar-a-Lago been the cracked, water-stained mess Trump seems to have claimed.

Trump has returned repeatedly to the private club - which he bought in 1985 - to relax and conduct state business since becoming president. Since being built, Mar-A-Lago has seen it's fair share of huge storms. "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]". Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean on Wednesday, hitting the island of St. Martin, where Trump owns a nine-bedroom beachfront mansion, especially hard.

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

"The four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed, which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed", French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told AFP. The storm is expected to engulf much of the state, and Mar-a-Lago - where Trump often spends his weekends - is in the storm's path.

Afterwards, Hurricane Irma continued on a path that saw it inflict varying amounts of damage on Puerto Rico, the Domincan Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos, among others.