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Michael Moore Slammed For Mar-A-Lago Shelter Suggestion

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and Donald Trump Jr., son of U.S. President Donald Trump, engaged in a brief Twitter spat after Moore suggested Mar-a-Lago, the family golf club in Florida, be used as a shelter for Hurricane Irma.

Moore made the suggestion on Sept. 8, before Irma made landfall on Florida but after the hurricane had battered the Caribbean and evacuations in the state were being ordered.

"Has he opened up Mar-a-Lago as a shelter yet?" Moore asked, referring to Donald Trump, per The Hill.

At the time Moore tweeted the question, however, the area in which Mar-a-Lago is located was under mandatory evacuation.

The club, which is located in Palm Beach County, had withstood several hurricanes since its opening in 1927, thanks in part to the 3-foot thick walls that help enclose the property, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Donald Trump Jr. responded to Moore's suggestion with a tweet of his own, pushing back against the notion that the golf club was intentionally keeping people out.

"It's on an island on both the ocean & intercostal and in a mandatory evacuation zone... probably not the best idea, but you know, narrative!" Donald Trump Jr. offered in response, according to the Washington Examiner.

Three Trump-owned properties -- Mar-a-Lago, Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, and Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter -- had been closed as of Sept. 8 in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane barreled through Florida after making landfall early on Sept. 9, causing severe flooding in areas that did not expect to see serious rain, according to CNN. Jacksonville and Orlando, both cities far from the hurricane's origin, saw flood levels that required emergency rescues and evacuations.

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The Florida Keys, a string of islands south of the state, was hit particularly hard by Irma. The hurricane weakened as it hit the mainland but remains a threat to much of the Southeast.

"There's no electricity throughout the Keys. No cell service in at least the lower and middle Keys," said Bill South of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "U.S. 1, the only road that comes in and out of the Florida Keys, there's three choke points -- there are three places that are completely inaccessible."

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler advised residents to stay away from the area as authorities begin damage assessment and cleanup.

"Stay off the roads, stay off the streets, let us complete our assessment, clear the roads of water, power lines, trees and then you can get out there and determine what happened to your individual property or your neighborhood," he advised.

Irma was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Sept. 11 but remains a dangerous system with winds of 65 miles per hour.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Examiner, Palm Beach Post, CNN / Featured Image: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Jonathan Lally/U.S. Coast Guard via U.S. Department of Defense

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