‘Above-normal’ Atlantic hurricane season expected, with a tax holiday to stock up on supplies

Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Pierre Markuse photo via flickr

The first day of hurricane season begins Monday, with experts projecting a busy Atlantic hurricane season.

Meanwhile, Floridians can take advantage of the state’s hurricane sales tax holiday to stock up on supplies. The tax holiday began on May 29 and will continue to June 4.

The Florida Department of Revenue released a list of disaster preparedness items that qualify for the hurricane sales tax holiday. Items such as reusable ice packs, batteries, radios, and portable generators and similar may be exempt from sales tax until June 4, depending on price.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shortened to NOAA, reports a “busy” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season with higher hurricane activity than usual. The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says that an average hurricane season has around three major storms—hurricanes that rank at a category 3, 4, or 5.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season may have six major hurricanes. NOAA projects 6-10 smaller hurricanes and 13-19 named storms this year. The season extends from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Florida emergency management Director, Jared Moskowitz recommends that Floridians have seven days of supplies stored for the hurricane season and should use this tax holiday to prepare in advance.

“Now’s the time to go do that,” Moskowitz said during a press conference last week. “Let’s not rush to the stores as we get into a hurricane, let’s make sure we’re being proactive.”

Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.