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Trump received a $17-million insurance payout in 2005 for damage caused by Wilma to the private club.

This weekend, Trump hotels and clubs could be battered by Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful storms on record.

In a statement issued to CNN's Betsy Klein on Friday, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization announced that the Palm Beach seaside club would be closed, as well as two other properties owned by the group in Florida. "And, when the time comes, we will restore, recover, and rebuild together as Americans", Trump said in the slick prepared message, complete with reality-TV style cutting to POTUS in profile.

Hurricane Irma crashed through the Turks and Caicos islands on Thursday and is expected to arrive in Florida on Saturday with winds of up to 185 miles per hour.

The States of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and SC have declared states of emergency while about seven million people are being evacuated.

Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen. Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

Irma is looking more and more Tampa-bound forecasters say

"This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential".

A White House official said that Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were keeping people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in their prayers, and encouraged everyone to listen to local authorities, reported the Washington Examiner.

In an interview with The Associated Press a year ago, Anthony Senecal, Trump's longtime butler, said: 'It's the safest place in the world for a hurricane'.

Trump National Doral in Miami remains open, but the spokesperson urged guests with reservations to make alternative lodging arrangements outside of the storm zone.

Yet an Associated Press investigation published previous year revealed there was little evidence of large-scale damage to Mar-a-Lago, and that Trump also kept some of the insurance money for his personal use rather than spending it on repairs.