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Many take advantage of weather prep tax discounts

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Weather radios, flashlights, batteries and tape were among commonly-purchased items. Weather radios, flashlights, batteries and tape were among commonly-purchased items.

Shoppers across the state of Alabama spent this weekend stocking up on severe weather preparedness items as part of a tax-free weekend.

In Huntsville, many people took advantage of the offer, saving money on must-have items such as weather radios, batteries, flashlights and more. Store managers said the weather radios were one of the most popular, most-requested items. The radios let you know about potential hazards and severe weather warnings.

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In addition to radios, flashlights and batteries, store managers recommend you stock up on plywood, tarps and plastic as well. The sales tax holiday covers the previously mentioned items as well as fire prevention items under $60. Power cords and generators under $1,000 also qualify. A full list of eligible items is available here (PDF).

Thursday night's storms were a strong reminder to everyone to stock up on these supplies if you haven't already. "A lot of people are aware where we live that severe weather can happen anytime," said Lowes manager John Delashaw. "A lot of people are coming in and getting the items they need so that they are ready for when it comes through again."

More than 200 cities and counties in Alabama are waiving local taxes for the weekend as well.

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