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Hurricane Season Kicks Off June 1 - Supplies Tax Exempt May 31 to June 6


Last updated 6/4/2019 at 4:51pm


Tropical Storm Isaac Sept. 2018

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season kicks off Saturday, June 1, so the state of Florida is encouraging residents to stock up on supplies during a special sales tax-free period May 31 through June 6.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a "near normal" hurricane season with a total of nine to 15 named storms. NOAA predicts four to eight could become hurricanes and two to four could become major hurricanes.

Storms are named when their winds reach 39 miles per hour or higher; they become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph or higher. A major hurricane – category 3...

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