Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

These Are Donald Trump's Properties That Could Get Hit By Hurricane Irma

These Are Donald Trump's Properties That Could Get Hit By Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, requisite preparations are underway at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach private club and so-called "Winter White House" owned by U.S. president Donald Trump.

Speaking on Wednesday 6 September, Donald Trump acknowledged the scale of Irma.

Representatives from the Miami, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach properties did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment, and the general manager of the Jupiter property declined to comment.

Officials rescued several dozens dogs who were found tethered to trees and cars by residents evacuating from Hurricane Irma in Florida, animal rescuers said.

Some of Trump's other properties, including Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, also closed as Irma nears land. 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.

Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay Fla
Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay Fla

The Trumps pledged a personal donation of $1 million to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and it is not yet clear whether they will make a similar donation to those who were affected by Hurricane Irma.

Scott said storm surge, an abnormal hurricane-induced rise in water levels, could reach 15 feet (4.5 m) in places. "There was a little flooding in some of the basements, too", he told the paper.

Some social media users have posted the address and Global Positioning System coordinates of Mar-a-Lago and pleaded with Irma to head there. The building, which has 3-foot-thick walls, has reportedly survived every hurricane since.

During a 2007 deposition for a civil lawsuit that didn't have a whole lot to do with the insurance payment, Trump said he received the $17 million from an insurance policy and that the money went toward fixing up the "landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the - you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion", and added that the estate's "still not what it was". "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]".

As of this morning (Sept. 7), Palm Beach County is under a state of emergency. However, Fortune reports that Mar-a-Lago isn't Trump's only South Florida property. Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach was his first golf club and that opened in 1999, according to The Palm Beach Post.

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