If it’s any consolation, Hurricane Irma might fuck up Trump’s Caribbean mansion

Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds as it approached the Caribbean on Tuesday, reportedly making it the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s currently 85 miles east of Antigua and could reach the United States as soon as Wednesday.

Florida is preparing for the worst. Governor Rick Stott has declared a statewide state of emergency and announced Tuesday that President Trump has granted a pre-landfall federal emergency declaration to fund protective measures. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the Florida Keys and are expected in Miami-Dade County on Wednesday. School districts in the Keys, Monroe County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Miami-Dade County are closing, as is the Key West International Airport.

“Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared,” Governor Scott said in a statement on Monday. “I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”

It’s a dour situation, is what I’m saying. The only silver lining is that while Irma ravages the Caribbean, one building at risk is the president’s $16.9 million, 11-bedroom compound on Plum Bay in the French territory St. Martin. This gaudy beast:

According to the Washington Post, the estate is named Le Château des Palmiers (“Castle of the Palms”) and sports two villas, a tennis court, marble floors, gold curtains, gold-hued wallpaper, and a two-story master suite. Despite ethics concerns, Trump’s been trying to sell the thing for months and recently cut the price by 40 percent because nobody is biting. It’s located directly in Irma’s path and will likely get destroyed.

Just something funny to remember when Mar-a-Lago refuses to provide shelter for displaced Floridians on Friday.

[screenshot: Sotheby’s]