Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate closes ahead of Hurricane Irma

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As Hurricane Irma approached the Florida Keys late Saturday into Sunday, President Donald Trump reassured the nation that response personnel were standing by and "ready" to offer help during the potentially catastrophic aftermath of the storm.

A large swath of the Florida coast, including Palm Beach island, is under a storm-surge warning - meaning "there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland", according to the National Hurricane Center.

Donald Trump has called on the USA citizens to evacuate from the areas that might be affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma.

The Palm Beach Post reported that in 2004, Trump, who was then a real estate mogul and enjoying the beginning of his "Apprentice" run, spoke about how Mar-a-Lago dealt with Hurricane Frances.

None of the properties fall in the current evacuation zones, and while Trump National Doral is in Miami-Dade County, only low-lying portions of the area have been included in mandatory evacuations.

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. The center said the storm was moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour and warned of "heavy squalls with embedded tornadoes sweeping across South Florida". The property itself stretches east-to-west across the island, touching both the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway - its name means "Sea-to-Lake".

Others familiar with the storm's effects at Mar-a-Lago, including Trump employees, remember it differently. "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]".

Today, Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump will be hosting a weekend meeting of Cabinet officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, at Camp David in Maryland, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday during a White House press briefing. "We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County".

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