A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Milam, Robertson, Leon Counties until 9pm Monday, for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery,San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties until 7pm Monday, and for Lee county until 1am Tuesday. Widespread 2" to 4" rain accumulations are possible through Monday, with localized 8" to 11" possible.
Some stores opened early Friday in Texas as shoppers take advantage of the sales tax-free weekend on numerous items. The annual Texas sales tax holiday runs through Sunday.
The timing coincides with back-to-school shopping -- but the tax-exempt holiday does not cover items such as school supplies or backpacks.
Here are some key points about the Texas sales tax holiday.
-TAX-FREE ITEMS: Clothing, coats, pajamas, hosiery, certain shoes, socks, underwear, adult and baby diapers, work uniforms, gym suits, ties.
-TAXED ITEMS: Backpacks, school supplies, football helmets and pads, hair barrettes, sewing cloth, purses, jewelry.
-PRICE RANGE COVERED: Items under $100 each; no limit on number of items purchased.
-INDIVIDUAL SAVINGS: About eight dollars per 100 spent.
-OVERALL SAVINGS: Projected at about $47.4 million for all consumers in state and local sales taxes.
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