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Sen. Rick Scott holds news conference about hurricane season, urges Floridians to prepare

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Posted at 11:26 AM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 13:00:51-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. — U.S. Sen. Rick Scott held a news conference Tuesday morning to help Floridians prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, which officially starts on Saturday.

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"Even my grandson always reminds me, grandpa, you can rebuild a house, you can't rebuild a life," Sen. Scott said in Pensacola. "I hope we all take that serious."

Sen. Scott urged Floridians to take advantage of the sales tax holiday on hurricane supplies, which starts this Friday, May 31, and runs until June 6.

For a list of tax-free hurricane supplies, click here.

Sen. Scott encouraged people to stock up on essential supplies like bottled water, flashlights, batteries, and a portable generator.

"Get ready, don't take a chance," said Sen. Scott. "Take the time to get ready."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1, should be "near normal" with nine to 15 named storms.

We've already seen at least one. Subtropical Storm Andrea formed last week near Bermuda, but quickly fizzled out.

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