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This week, WGCU is answering your questions about development in Southwest Florida in a multi-platform Curious Gulf Coast series. There are a lot of new development issues residents are facing after Hurricane Irma, but the most common one is figuring out what to do after all the trees have fallen.

As homebound evacuees clog interstates, Gov. Rick Scott says food, water and fuel are also heading to South Florida.

FPL is expecting more than 4 million accounts - a total of more than 9 million Florida residents - to experience power outages resulting from Hurricane Irma. Both FPL and LCEC are providing maps that allow customers to track outages in their area, and report any outages they experience.

Electric companies are installing smart meters across the state. The change has brought the national debate on smart meter technology to Florida. 

Florida Power and Light (FPL) is switching 4.5 million electric meters across the state to smart meters. Smart meters read energy digitally and send hourly electrical usage from customers' homes to the utility. Information travels through a neighborhood system of two-way radio transmitters to an access point mounted on a power pole.