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Shoppers get prepared for hurricane season

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For the next 7 days, you can stock up on some supplies for the Hurricane Season without having to pay state and local tax.

We have showed you the pictures that many Richmonders remember: two powerful storms, Gaston and Isabel, slamming into Richmond, flooding streets and taking lives.

So, now stores are stocking the hurricane supply shelves and people like Dennis Jasper think it's a good idea to be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store for this hurricane season.

"People can buy things, prepare for the hurricanes and if they don't get to use it, they will be able to use it for something else," says Jasper. 

During the sales tax holiday, you won't have to pay the 5 percent state and local sales tax. There are several items on the list of supplies, including batteries, bungee cords, first aid kits and more. The price just has to be $60 or less.

You can save on big ticket items too, like portable generators and power cables, as long as they cost $1,000 or less.

But not everyone is on board with the deal. 

"I just don't worry about hurricanes being from Richmond, being this far in from the coast. It just doesn't seem like it would happen. It seems like such a small risk, I wouldn't bother spending money on it," said Evan Howell. 

But remember, it's happened before and it can happen again and if it does, Evan admits he'll stock up.

"Just come out last minute instead of spending the money ahead of time," said Evan. 

Even though he'd likely end up spending more money than he would right now.

You can see the full list of the supplies included in the sales tax holiday by clicking here.

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