9 hotels and clubs in Trump's real-estate portfolio that could be under water in 80 years

Mar a lagoGetty/Gerardo MoraThe Mar-a-Lago luxury resort and club in south Florida is better known as the ‘Winter White House.’

President Donald Trump has more reasons than one to keep a careful eye on Florida.

The president has a handful of real-estate holdings along the state’s coast. This weekend, Trump hotels and clubs could be battered by Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful storms on record.

The link between climate change and this year’s catastrophic hurricane activity is uncertain, but scientists say the rising temperature of ocean water makes storms stronger. Climate change is also responsible for sea-level rise, which could cause powerful storm surges and flooding that one day devastates some of Trump’s real-estate holdings in the US.

In January, a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency hinted at the possibility of an “extreme” sea-level rise scenario that would put some American landmarks, towns, and cities underwater within the century. That scenario is considered unlikely, but possible.

Research group Climate Central took the projections laid out in NOAA’s report and created a plug-in for Google Earth that shows how catastrophic the damage would be if the flooding happened today. You can install it (directions here) and see anywhere in the US.

Here’s what nine hotels and clubs owned by Trump might look like in the year 2100.

Trump built the Taj Mahal casino for $1.2 billion in 1990. It overlooks the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and has been described by Trump as the 'eighth wonder of the world.'

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In 2017, Trump sold the hotel for 4 cents on the dollar.

Source: Los Angeles Times

The new owners have plans to reopen the Taj Mahal in 2018, but polar melting, carbon emissions, and ice-sheet could cause flooding to destroy the tower within the century.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

Trump has spent more than a quarter of his presidency in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Source: Business Insider

He owns the Mar-a-Lago luxury resort and club, better known as the 'Winter White House.'

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If sea levels rose by as much as 4 metres, the Mar-a-Lago estate would not fare well.

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But Trump will be out of office by the time anything like that happens.

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New York City is situated on one of the world's largest natural harbours, which makes it more vulnerable to sea-level rise. The Hudson River could flood the city's low-lying areas.

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The good news for Trump, who owns about a dozen properties in the city, is that most of his hotels and residences sit inland where the effects of sea-level rise are usually less catastrophic.

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There's one exception. In 1995, Trump bought the majestic skyscraper at 40 Wall Street (it has the green, peaked roof). Built in 1930, it very briefly held the title of world's tallest building.

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Source: Wikipedia

Extreme sea level rise could devastate Wall Street. It might reach the tower's doorstep.

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The Trump Towers are three nearly identical pillars located on the edge of the quaint seaside community of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. They contain 813 luxury condo units.

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Source: Trump.com

By the year 2100, an oceanfront view might not be such a luxury.

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Located just up the beach, Trump Grande consists of a beach resort and two residential buildings. The hotel is known for its sprawling lagoon pool and man-made waterfalls.

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Source: Trump.com

Guests might need a raft to explore the property in the future.

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New Yorkers have a range of gambling options within a three-hour's drive of the city. Trump Plaza in Jersey City was one of the closest casinos, until it shuttered in 2014.

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Source: NJ.com

It currently sits vacant. In 2100, it could see massive amounts of flooding.

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Trump has few supporters in San Francisco and even fewer real-estate properties.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Trump owns part of 555 California Street, a brown behemoth located in the city's Financial District. It's often referred to by its former name, the Bank of America Center.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle

555 California Street could see floodwaters rush the area by the year 2100.

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The newest oceanfront condominium in the president's real-estate portfolio is Trump Hollywood, a 41-story glass tower that contains 200 units, all with private elevator access.

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Source: Trump.com

Because the Hollywood Beach, Florida, property sits between the Atlantic Ocean and a waterway, it could be inundated with floodwaters from both sides due to sea-level rise.

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Trump has not one, but two addresses at Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition to his residence at the White House, he owns the opulent Trump International Hotel down the street.

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The Trump International Hotel is labelled with a red sticker.

In August, the Washington Post reported that the new hotel turned a $US1.97 million profit so far in 2017. It charges an average of $US652 a night -- more than most hotels in the nation's capital.

It might not be such a wise investment 80 years from now.

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