National Hurricane Center issues hurricane warning for southern Florida

Though the storm was powerful, the AP could only find evidence of some downed trees and missing roof tiles at Mar-a-Lago.

Of course, neither of the guests to which the spokeswoman referred will actually be at the private club once the storm actually hits.

The beach near Mar-a-Lago sits empty Friday, save for a kite surfer.

The other three properties are all in Palm Beach County, which has not issued evacuation orders.

Mandatory evacuations are in place on Friday for Goodland, Chokoloskee, and Everglades City, as well as all of the barrier islands including Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, and Pine Island. “This includes documenting your property and possessions ahead of a storm, so you have an accurate illustration of any damage that needs to be reported to your insurance company or agent”.

Trump called a state of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Tuesday night.

Mar-A-Lago is located in an area that has been placed under storm surge warning.

A Brown University graduate and Providence native now living in the Sunshine State is preparing as Hurricane Irma moves closer to the Florida coastline.

Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall in Florida by Sunday morning, and is now a Category 4 storm packing winds of 150 miles per hour, forcing mandatory evacuations in some Florida localities.

In the first 10 weeks of his presidential term, Trump spent seven weekends at Mar-a-Lago, and entertained Chinese President Xi Jinping during one of them.

The structure has existed since 1927, when it was built for Marjorie Merriweather Post, a food industry heiress – Trump later bought the club in 1985 for $5 million.

“I remember the hurricane of 1938”, said Garr.

“The whole problem with the Florida region is there’s nowhere to go”, Ms Wilding said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said 110 Kiwis are known to be in the path of the Category 5 storm – the biggest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.

“We know that 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 Collomba told AFP.

“New Zealanders now in the path of Hurricane Irma are advised to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders, keep their family in New Zealand informed of their well-being and contact their airline or travel agent directly if their travel has been disrupted”, an MFAT spokesman said.

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