PALM BEACH — As Hurricane Irma threatens the coast of Florida, that state’s most famous golf player, Donald Trump, is worried the storm might damage the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago.
“Irma is a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards” to areas it might affect, the National Hurricane Center says.
Irma, which is currently is battering the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with 185-mph winds, landed in Barbuda earlier today.
The chance that Irma will hit Florida “continues to increase,” the National Weather Service says, though it’s too early to indicate the timing and extent of the damage.
In Key West, residents are under mandatory evacuation orders from Monroe County as of this morning.
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., Trump waits with baited breath as Irma makes its way towards his beloved resort.
“Watching Hurricane closely. My team, which has done, and is doing, such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida. No rest for the weary!” Trump tweeted this morning.
“Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!” Trump added, though his idea of large has been questioned in the past.
Trump also owns a multi-million-dollar mansion on St. Martin, which Irma is headed for. The home, Château des Palmiers, which is on the market for $16.9 million after being listed at $28 million, is a five-acre estate and comes with a tennis court, marble floors and the requisite gold curtains. The island could expect the storm to hit in the next 24 to 36 hours.
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.
The imminent danger to Trump’s properties has resulted in a flurry of tweets poking fun at the president.
A Donald Trump parody twitter account named @BiglyPrez announced, “We are going to build a wall around Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Jose is going to pay for it!”
While @RealDonaldHitlr tweeted, “Hurricane Irma could be bigger than Harvey! Thoughts and prayers for Mar-a-Lago. Enjoy.”
Others such as @OriginalLeeMays believe Irma could provide Trump with some much needed insight, “Donald Trump will probably start believing that climate change is real when Hurricane Irma blows away Mar-a-Lago,” he tweeted.