Donald Trump and Mar-a-Lago

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As Hurricane Irma nears, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort ordered to evacuate

The 'winter White House' may see trouble when Hurricane Irma hits Florida.


Andrew Wyrich


Published Sep 8, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 6:03 pm CDT

With Hurricane Irma expected to reach Florida sometime this weekend, Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s “winter White House,” has been ordered to evacuate.

The Miami Herald reports that people staying at Mar-a-Lago, which is located in Palm Beach County, are among the estimated 125,000 people being evacuated from that portion of southern Florida. The evacuation order came on Friday.

“Mandatory evacuation for the entire town remains in effect. Please gather the essentials for three to four days, including clothing, medicine, important documents, and communication devices,” Palm Beach’s evacuation order reads. “Please relocate west of US-1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county/state.”

The seaside resort, where Trump has conducted presidential business during his first few months in office, is currently closed. An ethics watchdog group is expected to publish visitor logs from the resort later this month. 

Several other Trump properties were forced to close as a result of Hurricane Irma. Guests at his Trump National Doral hotel in Doral, Florida, have been told to make alternative lodging arrangements. The president’s Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach and the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter also closed.

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*First Published: Sep 8, 2017, 12:23 pm CDT