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Governor Robert Bentley has declared February 16-21st, 2014 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. During this special week, Alabamians are encouraged to learn and or review the proper safety precautions necessary for protecting their lives during severe weather.

Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today with a closer look at lightning safety. The summer months of June through September are the deadliest as far as lightning is concerned. In an average year, 3 people will be struck and killed by lightning in Alabama and at least 6 will be injured.

Here are some Lightning Safety Rules...

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Governor Robert Bentley has declared February 16-21st, 2014 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. During this special week, Alabamians are encouraged to learn and or review the proper safety precautions necessary for protecting their lives during severe weather.

Today is devoted to severe thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in Alabama any time of the day, month or year. There are about 2000 thunderstorms in progress around the world at any given moment. However, less than one percent of these thunderstorms are classified as severe. Severe thunderstorms are defined as thunderstorms that produce one inch hail or larger and or strong wind gusts of 58 miles per hour or greater. Severe hail that is one inch in diameter is roughly the size of a quarter.

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Alabama will hold its third annual sales tax holiday, from Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 12 midnight, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply.

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For more information, contact the AL Department of Revenue
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST
Monday through Friday
334-242-1490 or 866-576-6531