"We are praying for all those that have been affected by Hurricane Irma and we know there will be much rebuilding to do on this lovely island in the months and years ahead".
A spate of social media posts expressing hope that Hurricane Irma trashes President Trump's Palm Beach, Fla., resort is producing a backlash of disgust and criticism.
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. "Please gather the essentials for three to four days, including clothing, medicine, important documents and communication devices", the town's order said.
Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort has survived through hurricanes before.
Irma was headed for a direct hit on Florida Sunday, prompting some to estimate it could be the most expensive storm in USA history. "I was there for all of [the hurricanes]".
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This weekend, Trump hotels and clubs could be battered by Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful storms on record.
With climate change reportedly increasing the intensity of storms, rising sea levels have some wondering if federal dollars should be used to rebuild Mar-a-Lago.
"The damage in the Caribbean and beyond is absolutely devastating and we are still assessing the situation at our property in St. Martin".
Afterwards, Hurricane Irma continued on a path that saw it inflict varying amounts of damage on Puerto Rico, the Domincan Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos, among others.
The story notes that three of Trump's 12 golf courses in the United States are located in the path of Irma.