As Hurricane Ian approaches Florida, many residents wonder if their homes might be in the direct path of the storm, and what actions must be taken to keep their property safe and secure.
Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida facility will feel some of the effects of Hurricane Ian. This morning, Palm Beach County was under tornado observation and alert and was exposed to hurricane-related events such as heavy rains and high winds as the outer lanes of the storm moved through the state.
Palm Beach County, where Mar-a-Lago is located, is located in the southeastern quarter of Florida along the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is not in the immediate path of a hurricane predicted to hit the Florida west coast today, damage continues across the county. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference Tuesday that even if the storm did not hit a specific area directly, its effects would be felt for miles.
The National Weather Service meteorologist said: Newsweek that Palm Beach County received 3 to 5 inches of rain and some inland parts of the county had 6 to 8 inches of rain. Earlier today, CBS News reported that West Palm Beach saw winds at 33mph.
Palm Beach County Fire Department tweeted Several photos showing damage to buildings in Palm Beach County, the county where Mar-A-Lago is located. There has been no major damage so far, according to tweets, but firefighters have seen power lines broken, roofs damaged, and fallen trees.
Stefany Valderrama, reporter for local CBS News in Florida, tweeted photos of the damage at Home Depot in Delray Beach, which is also located in Palm Beach County.
Valderrama called the injuries “extensive.” The damage consisted of fallen trees, collapsed cart pens, and carts scattered throughout the parking lot.
Hurricane Ian upgraded to Hurricane Category 4 early Wednesday morning. Some weather experts predict the storm could develop into an even more dangerous Category 5 hurricane before it completes its att*ck on Florida.
The Category 5 hurricane is the most severe in the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, which evaluates hurricane strength only from the maximum sustained wind speed. Category 4 has maximum sustained winds of 130 to 156 mph. Any hurricane with max sustained winds above 156 mph is considered Category 5.
However, winds are not the most dire effect of hurricanes. Rather, storm waves or rising sea levels cause the most d*aths. Some models show that Hurricane Ian stops or slows down as it hits the Florida west coast, meaning the area will be exposed longer to heavy storm winds, heavy rains and subsequent storm waves. The storm is expected to hit western Florida seriously even today, before sweeping across the state and the east coast before wrapping inland.
This is not the first time Mar-a-Lago has felt the effects of a hurricane. In 2017, Hurricane Irma affected a private facility but caused only minor damage, according to People article. Various reports show that Trump does not live in Mar-a-Lago during the summer as the club closes at that time.
In August, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Trump’s Florida mansion and found confidential and classified documents. The resort offers 126 rooms, over 62,000 square feet, a wine bar, clubhouse and other amenities.
Newsweek contacted Mar-a-Lago and the Trump organization for comment.
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