Hurricane Irma strikes Donald Trump's Caribbean estate on island of St Martin

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Hurricane Irma has struck Donald Trump’s Caribbean estate and the deadly storm now appears to be heading towards his properties in Florida.

The category 5 hurricane crashed into the island of St Martin, home to the President’s £13 million waterfront estate, on Wednesday.  

French officials who control the side of the island where Mr Trump’s property is located said the territory suffered widespread destruction, but did not detail the exact condition of the President’s estate.

“It’s an enormous catastrophe. Ninety-five percent of the island is destroyed,”  Daniel Gibbs, the president of the territorial council, said in a radio interview. “I’m in shock. It’s frightening,” he added.

Trump’s 11-bedroom holiday home on Plum Bay is currently on the market for £12.96m ($16.9m). It covers almost five acres and has a pool, tennis court and fitness centre. 

The Trump family purchased the property in 2013 and are said to visit regularly. In recent years the estate has been rented out, generating between £76,000 ($100,000) and £766,000 ($1m) between January 2016 and April this year, according to the President’s financial disclosure.

Punishing winds have battered St Martin, wrecking buildings, overturning cars and uprooting trees. 

A group of government buildings on the island were said to suffer the worst damage.

“We know that the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed, which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.

Hurricane Irma is expected to hit South Florida next, potentially threatening Trump’s club resort Mar-a-Lago and three golf courses he owns there. It is too soon for forecasters to predict the hurricane’s exact path, but Trump’s properties are expected to face tropical storm conditions at the least. 

Trump National Doral said it’s business as usual at the golf resort until further notice in a tweet. 

Amanda Miller, spokeswoman for the Trump Organisation, told the Washington Post: “The safety and security of our guests, members and colleagues is our top priority and we are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma.

“Our teams at the Trump properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and following local and Florida state advisories very closely to ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure. 

Death told rises as Hurricane Irma causes total devastation

“We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and are praying for those that are in the path of Hurricane Irma.”

At least nine people, including a two-year-old child, are confirmed dead after Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean.


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