The evacuation was part of an official order that covered Palm Beach, the barrier islands and other low-lying areas of Palm Beach County, the Sun Sentinel newspaper said.
In addition to Trump's "Winter White House" at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, the Trump Organization has multiple properties near or on the South Florida coastline: Trump Grande, Trump International Beach Resort, and Trump Towers in Sunny Isles, Trump Hollywood in Hollywood Beach, Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach, plus Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter and Trump National Doral in Doral. Though the storm was powerful, the AP could only find evidence of some downed trees and missing roof tiles at Mar-a-Lago.
Donald Trump Jr. got married there two weeks after Hurricane Wilma, which seems like an event unlikely to have taken place had Mar-a-Lago been the cracked, water-stained mess Trump seems to have claimed.
The structure has existed since 1927, when it was built for Marjorie Merriweather Post, a food industry heiress - Trump later bought the club in 1985 for $5 million. Even in 1992, when the historic Hurricane Andrew cost Florida about $25 billion in damage at the time, there was relatively little damage around Palm Beach. If it goes, I'll go with it.
Rick Scott says the state is doing all it can to relieve fuel shortages and traffic jams to keep people evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma. The storm wreaked havoc on Barbuda, where 95 percent of the island's buildings were left damaged Irma.
In the meanwhile, as Hurricane Irma continues to approach Florida, air travel is expected to be affected in the United States following the first official hurricane warnings issued for the city by the National Hurricane Center late Thursday.