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

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Forecasts show Hurricane Irma could slam Florida this weekend, and as South Floridians brace for a potentially devastating storm, it's possible that multiple Trump Organization properties could be in its path. Mar-a-Lago could be seen with windows visibly shuttered and boarded up, according to a tweet from WPBF reporter Whitney Burbank. Yet an Associated Press investigation published a year ago revealed there was little evidence of large-scale damage to Mar-a-Lago, and that Trump also kept some of the insurance money for his personal use rather than spending it on repairs.

Palm Beach County Animal Care said animal control officers rescued 49 dogs and two cats over 48 hours Friday and Saturday.

As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, residents in the affected areas are trying to figure out how to seek shelter or evacuate their homes safely.

Donald Trump's resort, as well as the rest of Palm Beach County and the surrounding barrier islands have been ordered to evacuate, TIME reports.

No specific details on what preparations, if any, are being taken by the Trump properties have been released.

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

Scott said storm surge, an abnormal hurricane-induced rise in water levels, could reach 15 feet (4.5 m) in places. The property itself stretches east-to-west across the island, touching both the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway - its name means "Sea-to-Lake". "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]".

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". It operates only during the winter social "season" in Palm Beach, which runs roughly from Halloween to Mother's Day.

Others familiar with the storm's effects at Mar-a-Lago, including Trump employees, remember it differently. He purchased both Trump National Doral in Miami and Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter in 2012.