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Trump speaks to governors, senators on Irma, approves disaster areas

Trump speaks to governors, senators on Irma, approves disaster areas

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm to a Category 4 hurricane on Friday, but warned that it remains incredibly powerful and has the potential to cause catastrophic damage in Florida.

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

Mandatory evacuation for the entire town remains in effect. They also are transporting people and supplies to the affected areas with medium and heavy lift helicopters.

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. Among the topics of discussion, she said, the president will receive briefings on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and preparations for Hurricane Irma. "Safety must come first to worry about", the president said addressing the U.S. citizens in a video from the meeting, released on his Twitter page.

Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort has survived through hurricanes before.

President Donald Trump's mansion on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin is on the market for $16.9 million.

Irma "is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential", Trump said in his weekly address. Mar-A-Lago is the property that Trump has the longest ties to in the area, having purchased it from Post in 1985.

The AP also looked at building records and permits that showed no significant construction took place at Mar-a-Lago after the storm, aside from $3,000 in repairs to lighting and a cleaning of a beachfront pool.

Mar-a-Lago itself has survived a number of other deadly hurricanes, as the property was first built by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1927.

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