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Apps To Use Before, During And After Irma

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Irma? There's an app for that.

Officials are encouraging South Florida residents to download smartphone apps for last-minute storm prep and to keep updated during the hurricane and its aftermath.

Among the suggested apps:

Florida Power and Light app: To monitor power outages

Florida 511: For real-time traffic updates

Gas Buddy: Shows gas stations and prices based on location

311 Direct and Miami311: Residents of Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami can use these apps to submit service requests for storm damage -- notably for downed trees and power lines.

Miami-Dade Transit Tracker: Provides updates on public transportation schedules

FEMA app: Provides weather alerts, shelter locations and other hurricane preparedness tools. Users can also submit photos of storm damage for a crowdsourced database.

American Red Cross Hurricane app: Available in English and Spanish. Provides storm tracking; also has a guide you can use without wifi on what to do before, during and after a storm, and how to know if food and water supplies are safe. 

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