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Hurricane Irma leaves devastation and disrupts travel in the US

Hurricane Irma leaves devastation and disrupts travel in the US

"We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma", a Trump organization spokesperson told CNN. It is imperative that we initiate this evacuation order.

Trump declared a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a Facebook post that "Irma is shaping up to be bigger than Andrew" - in reference to the 1992 storm that killed dozens and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

The decision to close the properties follows an order from Palm Beach County officials telling begin evacuating the area by 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. Though the storm was powerful, the AP could only find evidence of some downed trees and missing roof tiles at Mar-a-Lago.

Mar-a-Lago is located in a coastal county in southeast Florida that sees regular tidal flooding and has withstood multiple storms since it was built in 1927.

Some of Trump's other properties, including Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, also closed as Irma nears land. "Our three private properties in Florida - The Mar-a-Lago Club, Trump International Gold Club, Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter have all been closed". Even in 1992, when the historic Hurricane Andrew cost Florida about $25 billion in damage at the time, there was relatively little damage around Palm Beach. Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean on Wednesday, hitting the island of St. Martin, where Trump owns a nine-bedroom beachfront mansion, especially hard.

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

In the meanwhile, as Hurricane Irma continues to approach Florida, air travel is expected to be affected in the United States following the first official hurricane warnings issued for the city by the National Hurricane Center late Thursday.

"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.


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