Drones and batteries for traffic lights could be part of Miami-Dade’s preparations for future hurricanes, according to county Transportation and Public Works Director Alice Bravo.

Bravo is in the process of debriefing staff members following Hurricane Irma. She said about 80 percent of traffic lights in Miami-Dade lost power during the storm.  

Images/caption: Hal Pierce, SSAI/NASA/GSFC

Already battered by Hurricane Irma earlier in September, Hurricane Maria made landfall Sept. 20 in southeast Puerto Rico. Storm trackers with NASA's Earth Observatory say the storm’s track "was a near worst-case scenario," making it the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. With electricity and communications wiped out, those in Florida's Puerto Rican community is desperate to reach their loved ones.

Photo: Rachel Iacovone, WGCU

Four days after Hurricane Irma ravaged Southwest Florida, scenes of recovery stand alongside calls for help. As President Donald Trump visits Fort Myers and Naples Thursday, 1.3 million Floridians remain without power, and community efforts are mobilizing to bring food and other necessities to those most in need.

Photo: Collier County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

As Southwest Florida continues its recovery from Hurricane Irma, communities from Immokalee to the Florida Keys struggle with scarce supplies of food, fuel, and water. That's on top of medical patients who, despite precautions before the storm, face acute needs in the face of the region's ongoing power outage.

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The eye of Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane Sunday afternoon in Marco Island. The heart of the damage is found in Collier County.