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Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday - May 25-31

submitted on May 28, 2010 by webbyone2010 in "Member's Lounge"
It’s smart to get ready for hurricane and flash flooding season, which arrives June 1st. And it’s smart to save money.

You can do both by shopping for such products as batteries, food storage containers, generators, first aid kits, bottled water, radios and more between May 25 and 31. When you do, you won’t pay sales tax on many useful products that cost up to $60 or on generators costing $1,000 or less. That’s a savings of 5 percent.

Full press release here:

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    Posted by orangearrows on May 28, 2010
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    Does VA even have any Hurricanes??????

    Flash Flooding - I agree
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    Posted by HouTex on May 28, 2010
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    Few strike Virginia directly, but they do get wind, rain, flooding from storm surge, and tornadic activity associated with hurricanes that have made landfall elsewhere, or even the ones that skirt along the east coast all the way up to New England.

    The worst of the recent ones was probably Hurricane Isabel on Sept. 18, 2003 with total damage of $1.9 billion. It made landfall near Ocracoke North Carolina. The center passed west of Emporia and west of Richmond. Fastest 1 minute wind speed NE 54 mph with gusts to 75 mph at Norfolk NAS; NE 61 mph with gusts to 74 mph at the South Island Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Highest tide at Sewells Point was 7.9 feet above MLLW, which was a 5 foot surge. Significant beach erosion was reported. Numerous trees and power lines down over a wide area, with over 2 million households without power in Virginia. Virginia damage was over $625 million, and there were 36 deaths in Virginia directly or indirectly related to the storm.

    These are a few others: (as you can see, 2004 was a bad year!)

    Aug. 3, 2004, Hurricane Alex: Made its closest approach to land on August 3, 2004 with its center located about 9 nm southeast of Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks, NC as a Category 1. Alex produced locally heavy rainfall across portions of southeast Virginia, but little in the way of damage or flooding.

    Aug. 14, 2004, Hurricane Charley: Made a second landfall near Cape Romain, SC as a weakening Category 1, after devastating portions of central and southwest Florida. Charley brought locally heavy rainfall and strong winds to much of southeast Virginia, especially near the coast. A wind gust to 72 mph was recorded at the Chesapeake Light buoy. In the U.S., 10 deaths and $14 billion in damage resulted from Charley.

    Aug. 29, 2004, Hurricane Gaston: Made landfall near Awendaw, SC, on August 29, 2004 as a Category 1. Gaston weakened as it lifted northward through North Carolina, then northeastward across southeast Virginia on August 30th. Gaston produced a swath of 5 to 14 inch rains extending from Lunenburg and Mecklenburg counties northeast into Caroline and Essex counties. The heaviest rainfall, centered on the Richmond metro area, produced a major flash flood which killed 8 people. Five of these deaths resulted from people driving into flooded roadways. A total of 13 tornadoes were observed in central and eastern Virginia, all producing F0 damage. Total damage is estimated at $130 million.

    Sept. 8, 2004, Hurricane Frances: Made landfall over east central Florida as a Category 2 hurricane. It then moved northeast into the northern Gulf of Mexico, eventually turning north, making a second landfall in the panhandle of Florida, and then weakening into a tropical depression. It tracked through western Virginia, then northeast and offshore the mid-Atlantic coast. A total of six tornadoes were observed in central and eastern Virginia, the strongest producing F1 damage.

    Sept. 17, 2004, Hurricane Ivan: Made landfall near the Florida/Alabama border as a Category 3 hurricane. It weakened to a tropical depression and moved northeast, tracking along the Appalachian Mountains through western Virginia, then northeast and offshore the mid-Atlantic coast. A total of 40 tornadoes were produced in Virginia, most in central and northern Virginia. This was a record single day outbreak for Virginia, and exceeded the previous annual tornado record of 31. Most of these tornadoes were F0 or F1 in intensity, although 10 F2 tornadoes and one F3 tornado touched down in south central, west central and northern Virginia.

    Sept. 28, 2004, Hurricane Jeanne: The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne, in the form of a tropical depression, moved through the vicinities of Greenville, S.c., Roanoke, Va. and Washington, D.C. and finally to the New Jersey coast on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Maximum sustained wind speeds ranged from 25 mph to 30 mph near the storm's center. The primary impact on the Commonwealth was flooding, although one F1 tornado touched down in Pittsylvania County. The heaviest rainfall occurred from the New River Valley to the Southern Shenandoah Valley. Rainfall in this region ranged from 3 inches to 7 inches, with the highest amounts falling in Patrick, eastern Floyd, eastern Montgomery, Giles, Roanoke, Botetourt and Rockbridge counties.

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    Posted by HouTex on May 28, 2010
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    Most states have their tax-free weekends associated with back-to-school shopping. This is the first I've heard of tax-free hurricane preparedness. I guess the business community needs some extra sales, and this would be a boost for them, while encouraging individuals to stock up just in case they need these supplies.

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