It was a storm many will never forget. Hurricane Irma.
One person in particular remembers the massive storm in late 2017, Tampa native Ulus Balloon.
“I think we’re taking it a lot more serious now than what we’ve had before,” Ulus told WFLA Thursday
“[That’s] because a lot more people got affected last year.”
This lifelong Floridian has been through many storms, but last year, Irma left its mark.
The husband and father of five lost a lot, including his roof, his fence and his electricity.
“This is the first time we had so much damage. We had to have extensive work done,” he explained.
What’s the one piece of advice he would offer fellow Floridians?
Don’t wait to buy supplies, especially with a hurricane tax-free holiday upon us, starting Friday.
The tax-free holiday lasts for a week.
Homeowners like Ulus are glad to know this is available for residents.
“Just like the kids going back to school, the school tax holiday, you know it’s something that helps us, the attitude, the season we’re entering into,” he told us.
Ulus says he already purchased his generator.
If he had to pick a number one item to purchase, that would be at the top of his list, followed by batteries, a lot of water and non-perishables.
“You know, it’s time to wake up,” he said. “You never know, you just never know.”