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Lucky Trump's Caribbean Resort Among Few Left Standing

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Chateau des Palmiers before the storm. (St. Martin Sotheby's International Realty)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 08:44 AM

President Donald Trump's multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort was among few structures left standing on St. Martin Island after Hurricane Irma destroyed much of what was left there, USA Today reported.

The Chateau des Palmiers, Trump's $17 million resort on Plum Bay beach on the French side of the land made it through the storm almost unscathed while reports said 95 percent of the island was destroyed by the storm on Sept. 6, the newspaper said.

The property is listed for sale by Sotheby's International Realty with a $16.9 million asking price, reduced from $28 million, The Washington Post reported.

At least nine people died on the French side of the island, which is shared with the Netherlands, USA Today reported. Many other high-priced villas, hotel, and modest homes were reduced to rumble in the face of the Category 5 hurricane.

The Trump Organization told ABC News Monday it was still assessing if any of Trump's properties suffered serious damage during Hurricane Irma's Florida landing.

Trump owns four properties in Florida, including the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, which the president has since dubbed "the Winter White House," ABC News wrote.

"Our teams in both Florida and St. Martin were very well prepared and we are proud of their efforts on the ground," a Trump Organization representative told ABC News Monday. "We are currently still assessing the situation at the properties that were in the storm's path and at this time we continue to send our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims."

Irma hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane with winds topping 150 miles per hour, forcing state officials to issue mandatory evacuation orders in some areas.

"Our three private properties in Florida – The Mar-a-Lago Club, Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter have all been closed," a Trump representative told CBS News. "We strongly urge those guests currently holding reservations at Trump National Doral (in suburban Miami) to make alternative lodging arrangements outside of the storm's reach."

Other celebrities did not fare as well as Trump did on St. Martin, according to USA Today. Billionaire Richard Branson wrote that many structures on his private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands were destroyed by Irma, the newspaper said.

"This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods," Branson wrote on his website. "We have spent the past two days visiting team members who live on Virgin Gorda and as many people as possible, distributing aid, water and supplies. We have seen first-hand just how ferocious and unforgiving this storm was."

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