ATLANTIC CITY — A nor'easter storm with wind gusts up to 60 mph caused pieces of the former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino to tear away from the east side of the building. 

Witnesses reported seeing two large holes on the Missouri Avenue side of hotel tower and falling debris.

At around 3:30 p.m., Atlantic City firefighters closed portions of Columbia and Missouri avenues from Pacific Avenue to the Boardwalk.

Fire Chief Scott Evans said the parking lot on Columbia Avenue and the Boardwalk is also closed due to the falling facade.

"It's the exterior shell blowing off from a couple of places" said Dale Finch, director of licensing and inspections for the city. 

Finch was at the former casino and hotel Friday evening, "it is under control at the moment — a contractor in the building with the fire department" he said.

"The building owner will be required to clean up the mess and make repairs to the damage," said Finch.  

In November, former Mayor Don Guardian said Trump Plaza would be razed this spring. While no official demolition date has been set, the former casino has sat empty since 2014. 

"It needs to be secured to prevent a hazard," said Finch.

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