For the second week in a row, we're starting off with a yellow 'X' on the National Weather Service's Atlantic Tropical Map. While last weeks threat was aimed at Florida and the East Coast, there's an outside chance we'll get some mid to northern Gulf Coast rain storms later in the week into the weekend from today's yellow X. See the NWS Tropical Weather Outlook here.

But the news isn't all bad, especially when the State of Louisiana has declared May 26-27 sales tax-free days for certain hurricane or storm-related items. You can read the Bulletin here but the gist of it is you'll pay no sales tax on the first $1500 you spend on storm survival items. It's a good time to get that generator you've been dreaming of and at least save on the sales tax. This doesn't mean you must spend $1500, you can spend less or more, but $1500 will be exempt from sales tax.

The List

1. Any portable self-powered light source, including candles, flashlights and other articles of property designed to provide light;
2. Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio;
3. Any tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting;
4. Any ground anchor system or tie-down kit;
5. Any gas or diesel fuel tank;
6. Any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6 volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding
automobile and boat batteries;
7. Any cell phone battery and any cell phone charger;
8. Any nonelectric food storage cooler;
9. Any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage;
10. Any storm shutter device
11. Any carbon monoxide detector; and
12. Any reusable freezer pack such as "blue ice."
National Hurricane Center Mon May 21, 0831 AM EDT

The state thought it'd be a great idea to offer a sales tax-free weekend to help us prepare for the upcoming Hurricane Season that begins officially on June 1st, but a look at the Hurricane Center site the past two weeks tell's us it's good to be prepared at any time.