Hurricane Season Officially Underway

National Hurricane Center in Miami. (File).

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The 2020 Hurricane Season is now underway. It is expected to be active.

From the National Hurricane Center as of June 1, 2020:

“NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.”


As a reminder, the hurricane season ‘tax holiday’ in Florida is also underway through June 5th. While not as all-inclusive as the annual “back to school” tax holiday that is upcoming, this tax holiday can save you sales tax on many of the hurricane supplies that you need.


Here’s a list of what’s included, directly from the State of Florida.

Selling for $10 or less:
Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)


Selling for $20 or less:
Any portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas): Candles, Flashlights, Lanterns.


Selling for $25 or less:
Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers.


Selling for $30 or less:
Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries).


Selling for $50 or less:
• Bungee cords
• Ground anchor systems
• Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-
crank)
• Two-way
• Weather band 

• Ratchet straps
• Tarpaulins (tarps)
• Tie-down kits
• Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop
cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting


Selling for $750 or less:
Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage
AAA-cell, C-cell, 6-volt, AA-cell, D-cell, 9-volt;
Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
Qualifying Items


Note: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are also included.


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