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

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

The 2016 AP investigation is newly relevant as a massively powerful Hurricane Irma swirls toward Florida.

Trump has dubbed Mar-a-Lago the "Winter White House", and has spent many a holiday there.

President Trump's seaside Mar-a-Lago resort in exclusive Palm Beach, Fla., was ordered to evacuate Friday as Hurricane Irma barreled toward that part of the state.

Image In this U.S. Army handout Soldiers of 1st Battalion 30th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team 3rd Infantry Division prepare for Hurricane Irma Sept. 8 2017 at Fort Stewart Georgia

Palm Beach County officials ordered that residents of the nearby islands evacuate by 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the Miami Herald.

Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm this week, wreaking havoc and destruction on islands throughout the region.

The Mar-a-Lago property, insured to the Trump Organization and Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, has an unsubsidized policy and has the "full-risk" rate for its flood zone, a FEMA spokesperson told HuffPost.

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With climate change reportedly increasing the intensity of storms, rising sea levels have some wondering if federal dollars should be used to rebuild Mar-a-Lago.

President Trump warned people to get out of the storm's path and to heed all instructions, adding that safety comes first since property is replaceable.

The effects of Irma could prove to be costly for Trump since he owns several properties in South Florida, including Mar-a-Lago and the Trump National Doral golf course. "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]".

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Afterwards, Hurricane Irma continued on a path that saw it inflict varying amounts of damage on Puerto Rico, the Domincan Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos, among others.

Widespread devastation was reported on St. Martin after Irma swept through.

Trump has not commented on the evacuation of his property, though he has been active in tweeting about Irma.

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