Tesla, SpaceX warn customers in Florida of impending Hurricane Ian

Two of Elon Musk’s companies, Tesla and SpaceX, are both warning customers in Florida about what to do before a very powerful storm, Hurricane Ian, makes landfall later tonight and into tomorrow morning.

For Tesla, they have once again utilized the connected nature of their cars to send a message directly to the vehicle’s main display.

According to a copy of the message shared by Greg T. on Facebook, Tesla says Hurricane Ian “may impact power access at charging stations in Florida.”

To avoid a low battery with no access to electricity, Tesla is recommending owners charge their vehicles to 100% ahead of the storm.

Tesla also says owners can check on the status and availability of nearby Superchargers using the vehicle’s navigation.

Separately, SpaceX is also advising Starlink customers to take measures to keep their satellite dishes from getting damaged during the storm.

In an email sent to Starlink customers in affected areas, SpaceX says Dishy McFlatface is capable of withstanding winds up to 65mph (105km/h). But with wind speeds estimated to exceed 130mph (210km/h) at the storm’s peak, SpaceX suggests customers remove and store their dish inside.

SpaceX says this will help keep the dish safe and allow them to use it and access the internet once the storm passes.

If customers are unable to remove their dish, they suggest securing it as best as possible.

Here is a full copy of the email. (via Reddit)

We are reaching out as your service area has the potential to be impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Your Starlink is designed and tested to withstand 65+ mph winds. However, over the coming days your area may experience wind speeds that exceed this specification. If possible, we recommend storing your Starlink dish inside your home to avoid damage from the storm; this will also keep it safe for use after the storm passes. You can find instructions to stow your Starlink by clicking here, or by following the button link below.

If you are not able to remove your Starlink from its installation site, we recommend ensuring that your Starlink is installed as securely as possible. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Support Team through your Starlink App or on Starlink.com.

Thank you, and stay safe!

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