Hurricane Irma forces evacuation of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate

Anxiety panic work A reporter's day with storm hours out

As Hurricane Irma continues to approach the coast of southern Florida today the federal government is working with state and local agencies to help save lives, protect families, and assist those in need, President Donald J. Trump said yesterday as part of his weekly address to the nation.

Mar-a-Lago is a members-only social club, with ballrooms, a few guest suites and living quarters for Trump himself.

Reporters staying at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center were told firefighters were working to tally up the total number of overdoses, but could confirm at least two incidents. Mar-a-Lago, which was called Trump's "Winter White House" after he spent many of his weekends there during the start of his precedency, is also in that path and was ordered to evacuate Friday.

"Our three private properties in Florida - The Mar-a-Lago Club, Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter have all been closed", Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller said in a statement on Friday.

The town of Palm Beach, home to Mar-a-Lago, sits on one of those narrow islands.

Over the next 48 hours the storm is expected to move over Cuba and the Bahamas before reaching Florida.

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"With gratitude for our first responders, and prayers for those in the storm's path, America stands united - and I mean totally united. There was a little flooding in some of the basements, too", he told the paper.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says out of the 45 arrested, 25 people were just arrested for breaking the curfew.

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".

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

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