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How to take advantage of Florida's hurricane sales tax holiday

Hurricane season is here, and right now people in Florida can stock up on storm necessities without paying sales tax.

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>> Florida’s 10 safest cities in a hurricane

Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs through Thursday, June 7.

>> 5 things to know before hurricane season

Some of the qualifying items include: 

  • Reusable ice (selling for $10 or less)
  • Candles, flashlights, lanterns, and any portable self-powered light source powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas (selling for $20 or less)
  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers (selling for $30 or less)
  • Nonelectrical coolers and ice chests for food storage ($30 or less)
  • Bungee cords ($50 or less)
  • Ground anchor systems ($50 or less)
  • Radios (two-way or weather band) powered by battery, solar, or hand crank ($50 or less)
  • Ratchet straps ($50 or less)
  • Tarps ($50 or less)
  • Tie-down kits ($50 or less)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting ($50 or less)
  • Portable generators that can be used for light, communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage ($750 or less)

>> Hurricane evacuation: Helpful apps for finding gas, hotel rooms, traffic routes

Food and other canned goods are not included in the tax holiday.

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Click here to read the complete list of qualifying items and restrictions.

Storms, possible tornado ravage parts of metro Atlanta

A powerful storm system swept through north Georgia overnight, sending trees into roads, damaging homes and businesses, knocking out power to thousands and leaving south Fulton County a disaster zone.

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>> PHOTOS: Storms blow through the South, leave damage in wake

More than 130 severe weather reports of large hail, damaging wind and possible tornadoes came in Monday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

>> Tornado facts and safety: Everything you need to know

“The severe thunderstorm and tornado threat is over in north Georgia,” WSB-TV meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “But the cleanup is about to get underway.”

In Cobb County, a tree crashed into a home on Glenroy Place. Lightning hit a home in Gwinnett County. And in Clayton County, a fire damaged an eight-unit apartment in the 7200 block of Tara Boulevard.

>> These are the safest places in your home during a tornado

Food, shelter and other essentials were provided for 17 people affected by the fire, American Red Cross of Georgia spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said.

But the most severe damage was reported in south Fulton and Haralson counties.

>> What's the difference between tornado watch and warning?

Storms ravaged homes and cars in a subdivision off Campbellton Fairburn Road.

“We expect a busy day ahead as daylight approaches, increasing visibility in hard-hit areas,” Nicholson said. “Currently, a team is on the ground in Fairburn, where homes in the Jumpers Trail neighborhood suffered significant damage.”

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The Haralson County School District canceled school and activities Tuesday “due to storm damage throughout our community that may make bus service impossible,” the district said on Facebook.

Georgia Power reported 273 outages affecting 10,025 customers.

“The electric membership cooperatives were hit hard as severe weather, and possible tornadoes, pounded many parts of Georgia last night, interrupting power to 13,000 customers, primarily in the west part of the state,” Georgia EMC spokeswoman Terri Statham said.

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Ontario Alvarez was at his mother’s home in the 7100 block of Jumpers Trail with his 13-year-old brother when the storm moved in late Monday.

To protect the family, he dragged a mattress in a bathroom, where everyone hid to avoid the storm’s path.

“We’re from Florida, so we’re used to hurricanes,” Alvarez said. “But this was different. We didn’t see it coming. We didn’t know what to do.”

Rockdale County road closures

COUNTY ROAD CLOSURES:The city of Conyers has closed the Parker Road Bridge. RCSO has closed Stanton Road at Rolling Hills Trail.WARNING: Weather Forecasts indicate the ice WILL GET WORSE during the day today. Roads are getting very bad as of this posting. Additional ice is expected within the next few hours to make conditions worse. The RCSO is issuing the following warning: DO NOT DRIVE – STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS!Persons are asked to STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS and to NOT DRIVE. Please remain off all roadways within Rockdale County as the conditions of ice on the roadways will become extremely dangerous. Please monitor your local weather station for continued updates on this major weather system.If you need emergency assistance, please dial 9-1-1 and allow emergency personnel to respond to your location. Use Caution: Watch for downed lines – DO NOT APPROACH any downed lines – LIVE WIRES contain deadly amounts of electricity. Parents should warn children to stay clear of any power lines that they may see, and to report back if they do see power lines down. Parents are urged to check areas before allowing children to play in areas where lines may be down. Call 9-1-1 to report downed lines. The RCSO will continue to provide regular updates throughout the day as to the status and condition of the county, including roadways, power outages, and calls for service for all public safety. RCSO Weather Alert/WARNING - DO NOT DRIVE – STAY OFF THE ROADWAYSIf you need emergency assistance - DIAL 9-1-1.

GEMA: Shelters open to aid storm victims

(ATLANTA) -- As winter weather conditions through the upper half of Georgia continue to worsen, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) in coordination with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Georgia National Guard, Georgia Department of Human Services, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other organizations and local governments, are opening shelters to aid those displaced or stranded by the storm.The National Weather Service (NWS) is reporting freezing temperatures across most of north Georgia to include the Atlanta metro area. It is expected to dip below freezing as far south as La Grange to Thomaston to Macon to Dublin and Swainsboro by late this morning. There are dozens of shelters now open or on standby at area Red Cross facilities, DNR state parks and National Guard facilities. The primary purpose is to provide residents with a warm safe place to stay and as many necessities as possible to help them ride out the dangerous wintery conditionsWe strongly urge citizens to stay where they are if at all possible. However, if they must seek shelter, they are encouraged to bring these recommended items:

  • Change of clothing
  • Blankets, Sleeping bags, Pillows
  • Hygiene or sanitary products
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medication
  • Baby food/formula, diapers, wipes, teething gel, ointment

Do not bring:

  • Firearms
  • Illegal drugs and alcohol

To help Georgians find the nearest shelter option, GEMA has created a map with real-time information. To find a shelter nearest your location, log on to, and click on the Latest Emergency Information link, or use the American Red Cross Shelter app.To learn about the recommended items you should have on-hand to shelter in place, visit

Dekalb opens additional warming centers

DeKalb to Open Two Additional Warming Centers TUCKER –The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency announces two additional warming centers will open today, Feb. 12, 2013 at noon for those that need a temporary reprieve from the current weather conditions. The two locations are at the Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Rd, Tucker, GA 30084, and the Gresham Park Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316.  This is in addition to the warming center at the DeKalb County Jail at 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032, which is already available. DeKalb County has not opened any overnight shelters at this time.County administrative offices, including other Parks and Recreation facilities, senior centers, water billing offices, Recorders Court and other administrative divisions are closed today. Power outages can be reported to Georgia Power at 888-660-5890 (residential customers) and 888-655-5888 (commercial customers).  Snapping Shoals EMC customers can call 770-786-3484, press option “1”.

County residents are urged to use extreme caution and check their local news for updates regarding severe weather. Tips for getting through cold weather safely and a listing for non-emergency numbers for various county departments are available at

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