The last time the resort was hit by a hurricane was in 2005, when Wilma swept through South Florida with triple-digit winds.
Given Florida’s history of devastating hurricanes, it comes as no surprise that the clubs have had to deal with storms before. “Irma, however, could retain much of its strength”, said Jason Setree, a meteorologist at Commodity Weather Group.
The Trump organisation has confirmed that precautions are being taken to help protect Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort as well as his other properties in Florida.
The first major storm to hit Mar-a-Lago was the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, which made landfall nearby with 145 miles per hour winds. The storm wreaked havoc on Barbuda, where 95 percent of the island’s buildings were left damaged Irma. On those barrier islands, some of the country’s most expensive real estate sits on a narrow spit of land, with sometimes just a few hundred feet of terra firma separating the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Storm damage in St. Maarten after Irma came through.
Hyatt said in the event of an evacuation, the city and the Neptune Beach Police Department will also “go around” to inform its citizens.
“We are expecting inundation from both rainfall as well as storm surge”.
Trump on Friday encouraged people in the evacuation zones to get out.
More than a half-million people have been ordered to leave the region ahead of Category 4 Hurricane Irma.
This is to start clearing the roadways in preparation of Irma. Petrol shortages in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area worsened on Thursday, with sales up to five times the norm.
Strikes by four major hurricanes have done little damage to Mar-a-Lago in the 90 years since cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post built the 126-room, 62,500 square foot (5,800-square meter) mansion. One person was killed in the British overseas territory of Anguilla.