Hurricane Irma: Donald Trump's Mar-a-Largo retreat forced to evacuate

Donald Trump's residence is in Hurricane Irma's path

Donald Trump's residence is in Hurricane Irma's path

Friday, September 8, 2017

President Donald Trump's Florida retreat of Mar-a-Largo has been forced into an emergency evacuation due to Hurricane Irma.

The order was given at around 10am local time (3pm GMT) on Friday (September 8), local officials said.

Mar-a-Lago is a huge resort in Palm Beach, Florida, built by socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s. Post donated the resort to the US Government to serve as a 'winter White House' when she died in 1973, and Trump, who bought the resort in 1985, now uses it a sunshine retreat.

Palm Beach County officials have also ordered the evacuation of several islands off the coast, and the order is thought to affect around 125,000 people. The whole of Florida has been placed under a state of emergency.

Irma has already barrelled through the Caribbean, causing widespread destruction to idyllic islands such as Barbuda, St Bart's and St Martin.

Twenty people have been confirmed to have died as a result of the storm, and a number of luxury holiday properties have been destroyed, including an 11-bedroom mansion owned by Trump in St Martin and Richard Branson's sprawling residence in the Virgin Islands.