President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-lago resort in Palm Beach County was included in mandatory evacuation orders for parts of southeast Florida that are set to take effect Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
The orders, for parts of Palm Beach County and Martin County, came as the now-Category 5 Hurricane Dorian approaches the Bahamas and Florida’s east coast, state emergency director Jared Moskowitz said.
Zones A and B in both counties were slated for evacuation, affecting about 215,000 people in all. Shelters are opening in those counties at the same time, Moskowitz said.
According to Palm Beach County’s hurricane planning guide, Zone A includes all “manufactured/mobile” homes in the county; all homes that “have substandard construction” and homes in “a flood-prone area.” Zone B includes much of the county’s waterfront.
Trump’s resort falls within Zone B.
A journalist tweeted video of Trump’s resort, where he spends much of the winter months, showing it with storm shutters over the windows.
State officials said when they issued the order that they expect to lift highway tolls when evacuations begin. Later Sunday, the Florida Highway Patrol did just that, suspending tolls at the 25 mile marker and the 100 mile marker on Interstate 75, also known as Alligator Alley.
Palm Beach County is one of the state’s most populous regions. The storm’s uncertain track puts much of Florida’s eastern coastal counties at risk of the storm’s powerful winds and rain.
The announcement came as Hurricane Dorian’s maximum sustained winds had reached 175 mph as it approached the Bahamas. Forecasters say the storm could linger over the islands of the Bahamas for more than a day.
To read more about Hurricane Dorian’s track, click here.
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Times staff writer Kirby Wilson contributed to this story.