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Sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies begins


If you need hurricane supplies, this is the weekend to start shopping.

Starting today-- Floridians have a nine day hurricane supply sales tax holiday. Things like generators, batteries, and flashlights will be sales tax free. Be careful, if you buy something not on the sales tax exempt list, you will have to pay sales tax on your entire purchase.

Hurricane experts say that even though Florida hasn't been hit by a hurricane lately, residents should prepare the same way.

"I prepare the same way every year for every hurricane season, and I urge folks to do the same because all it takes is one tropical storm or hurricane coming your way and impacting your community to make it a bad year," said Dr. Rick Knabb of the National Hurricane Center.

The sales tax holiday runs until June 8th. Meanwhile-- the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins tomorrow. And it's expected to be a near-normal to below average season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting eight to 13 named storms. Three to six of which could become hurricanes. And one to two of those hurricanes could become a category 3 or higher.