Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Hurricane-force winds reported as Irma nears Florida

Hurricane-force winds reported as Irma nears Florida

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. Among the topics of discussion, she said, the president will receive briefings on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and preparations for Hurricane Irma.

Animal control officials in Palm Beach County are running into an alarming trend that's causing them to call it unprecedented "animal cruelty".

In addition to Mar-a-Lago, the Trump International Golf Club and the Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club are also closed, as numerous Trump properties take precautions against the storm, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement on Friday.

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

In the event that the city of Doral falls under Miami-Dade County's evacuation orders, guests at Trump National Doral will be required to find lodging elsewhere or take shelter in an evacuation center, the spokesperson said.

Scott said storm surge, an abnormal hurricane-induced rise in water levels, could reach 15 feet (4.5 m) in places.

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Mar-a-Lago is an exclusive social club, with a property that stretches east to west across the island.

Officials expect they will need to make room for more animals displaced once the hurricane passes.

During a 2007 deposition for a civil lawsuit that didn't have a whole lot to do with the insurance payment, Trump said he received the $17 million from an insurance policy and that the money went toward fixing up the "landscaping, roofing, walls, painting, leaks, artwork in the - you know, the great tapestries, tiles, Spanish tiles, the beach, the erosion", and added that the estate's "still not what it was".

"That's why, during a hurricane, you'll always see me here".

Mar-A-Lago is the property that Trump has the longest ties to in the area, having purchased it from Post in 1985.

According to local outlet the Sun Sentinel, around 125,000 residents of Palm Beach were told to begin evacuating around 10 a.m. local time on Friday.

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