Thousands are bracing for impact as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the U.S., including presidential hopeful Donald Trump, whose landmark estate may be in harm’s way.
Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s 20-acre private club, is directly in the path of Matthew, which has the potential to become a Category 5 storm by the time it hits Florida’s east coast, authorities said.
The palatial estate has withstood a number of hurricanes that have struck the property since its completion in 1927, in big part due to its steel and concrete infrastructure, as well as its 3-foot thick walls.
“This place will not move,” Trump’s former butler, Tony Senecal, told the Palm Beach Post in 2005. ‘That’s why, during a hurricane, you’ll always see me here. If it goes, I’ll go with it.”
The Republican nominee offered up words of advice for those in the area, writing on Twitter: ““Praying for everyone in Florida. Hoping the hurricane dissipates, but in any event, please be careful.”
Others do not seem nearly as concerned, despite the potential for destruction Matthew brings.
“This hurricane is serious and coming right at me,” Vanilla Ice tweeted.
The rapper just returned to his home in Palm Beach after he was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars, but apparently he has no intention of evacuating.
“I'm going to ride out the storm,” he wrote. “I'll keep you updated.”
The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, urged residents to leave the area, saying Matthew would likely be stronger than any other hurricane Florida has seen in recent years.
“Airborne debris lofted by extreme winds will be capable of breaching structures, unprotected windows and vehicles,” NWS-Melbourne said in a statement. “Effects such as these, ranging from the coast to well inland, have not been experienced in central Florida in decades.”