Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach braces for Irma

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 07, 2017) (NBC) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida was boarded up on Thursday (September 7) bracing for Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in half a century which resulted in hurricane and storm surge warnings for south Florida and the Florida Keys.

Irma, which is about 585 miles (940 km) east-southeast of Miami, Florida, packing maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour (270 kph), will continue to bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas through Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Trump, who owns the waterfront Mar-a-Lago estate as well as a property on the French side of Saint Martin, an island devastated by the storm, asked Florida residents to protect themselves and be vigilant if Irma hits the southern state.

Irma should maintain a west-northwestward trajectory but slow down during the next 36 hours, NHC added.