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Tax holiday for storm prep items

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Hurricane season starts on June 1st. That's not too far away, and even worse, this year is expected to be hurricane busy. The State of Louisiana wants you to get prepared. You're getting a hand with  the Hurricane Preparedness State Sales Tax Holiday. Shoppers can purchase up to $15,000 in storm prep items tax free.

"So, that would be 8.6 percent tax off of your total bill," the Home Depot's Isham Smith said. He adds the store has made it easy for shoppers to find storm prep items by placing them in aisles. Things like flashlights, gas cans and more are tax free. Stocking up on them wouldn't be a bad idea. This hurricane season is expected to be busy.

"There could be as many as 18 named storms," KTBS Meteorologist Neil Shaw said. "Of those, nine hurricanes. Of those, possibly four major hurricanes."

Even though we're far inland, Shaw says getting prepared wouldn't be a bad idea either. Storms can still bring damaging conditions to the Ark-La-Tex.

"High winds, tornados, tornado watches," Shaw said. "Also, if they stall, flooding. Loss of power is definite with these storms."

Smith says getting prepped early is a must. His store sold out of generators quickly after recent storms.

"It's great to be proactive and try to prepare for storms before they come," Smith said. "You know, eventually, storms will happen. Yes, we've had a big run on generators here at our store, but we're trying to get more in."


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