Here's What You Need To Know Before Hurricane Season 2019

Spectrum Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay joined PM Tampa Bay to discuss what it's like trying to predict the weather in an unpredictable area like Tampa, tips on things Floridians can do to prepare for bad weather in the upcoming hurricane season and he told stories of past storms.

One piece of advice Clay had from his 30+ years of experience is to "run from the water and hide from the wind". The real danger that warrants evacuation, he says, is the rising water levels in low-lying areas. Click here for some hurricane prep tips courtesy of Spectrum Bay News 9.

As you prepare for this year's upcoming hurricane season, you'll be able to save some money thanks to a tax package Gov. DeSantis recently signed into effect.

The disaster preparedness tax holiday begins May 31, the day before the six-month hurricane season begins. During the holiday period, there will be no sales tax on items like battery packages and non-electric food storage coolers that sell for $30 or less; self-powered light sources that cost $20 or less; tarpaulins, self-powered radios, ground anchor systems, and weather-band radios that cost $50 or less; and portable generators that cost $750 or less.

 
 

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