Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Other Properties, Brace for Irma

Petr Svab
By Petr Svab
September 7, 2017US News
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Other Properties, Brace for Irma
The Mar-a-Lago Resort on April 8, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

While President Donald Trump directs federal help to the people of Florida bracing for Irma’s impact, his own properties also stand in the storm’s forecasted path.

Irma has already killed 11 as it ripped through the Caribbean, and still maintains the highest category 5 status, with 175 mph winds.

NOAA’s GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma as it moves toward the Florida Coast in the Caribbean Sea, taken at 16:15 UTC on Sept. 07, 2017. (NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)

Trump has at least eight properties potentially in harm’s way:

  • Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach
  • Trump Plaza, West Palm Beach
  • Trump Grande, North Miami Beach
  • Trump International Beach Resort, Sunny Isles Beach
  • Trump Towers Sunny Isles Condos, Sunny Isles Beach
  • Trump National Jupiter Golf Club, Jupiter
  • Trump National Doral Miami, Doral
  • Trump Hollywood, Hollywood

“We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma,” a spokesperson for the Trump Organization told CNN on Wednesday, Sept. 6. “Our teams at the Trump properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and following local and Florida State Advisories very closely to ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure. 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.”

Locations of Trump properties potentially in the path of Hurricane Irma. (Screenshot via Google My Maps)
Locations of Trump properties potentially in the path of Hurricane Irma. (Screenshot via Google My Maps)

Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s splendid winter home, has weathered its share of storms. Only a year after the stucco dried on the resort’s 36-inch walls, they were tested by the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, one of the strongest on record to landfall in the country.

After Trump obtained the 58-bedroom mansion in 1985, it was narrowly missed by the 1992 Hurricane Andrew, which turned out to be even stronger than Okeechobee.

The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Irma, however, is unusually threatening.

While many Atlantic hurricanes cross Florida the short way—from east to west—Irma is forecasted to pummel along its eastern coast from south to north.

If it curves east enough to travel deeper over the ocean, the six million living in the Miami metro area could take a sigh of relief. If it doesn’t, the ocean view mansions from Miami Beach to Jupiter may take the full impact of 150 mph winds—and Trump’s properties are lined up exactly along that path.

University of Wisconsin models of Hurricane Irma
University of Wisconsin models of Hurricane Irma’s possible path as of Sept. 7, 2017, 8 a.m. EST. (University of Wisconsin)

Trump, meanwhile, seems to be focused on his presidential duties.

“Watching Hurricane closely. My team, which has done, and is doing, such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida. No rest for the weary!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

“Hurricane Irma is raging but we have great teams of talented and brave people already in place and ready to help. Be careful, be safe! #FEMA,” he tweeted on Thursday morning.

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