Hurricane Season 2023
Be prepared this Hurricane Season. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above-average hurricane season. They are calling for five to nine hurricanes caused and closer to a near-normal season. With La Nina being present for three seasons, the NOAA scientists are predicting that El Nino has a high potential to develop this summer, which can suppress Atlantic hurricane activity.
Hurricane season started June 1 and runs through November 30th. If you have not revisited your hurricane preparedness plan, it is time to do so. The Lowcountry had minimal effects from Hurricane Ian, but that wasn’t the case for everybody. There are many resources for hurricane season in the greater Charleston, SC area.
Our recommendations at Charleston Kia are specific to cars and driving.
You should have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. Do not wait until a storm is approaching or it is unlikely that you will find an open appointment. At a minimum, you should:
- Make sure that your tires are properly inflated
- Make sure that your spare is properly inflated, and that your jack is working
- Top off fluids
- Check that all lights are working
- Check the condition of your windshield wipers and replace them if needed
An evacuation makes sitting in traffic almost inevitable. It is also the worst possible strain you can put on your car as your engine, radiator and components are all getting hotter and without motion or air circulation to help modulate the temperature. If you are stuck in traffic, shut your air conditioning off if possible, and avoid long-term idling. If you aren’t moving, turning your car off may let the car cool down and save gas as well.
If there is an evacuation order, be certain to have adequate provisions for yourself, your family, and your pets.
- Know your evacuation route
- Download a Gas App on your phone so you can identify refilling stations as needed
- If you have an electric vehicle, know where you can recharge as needed
- Identify Kia dealers on your route in case you need service
- Make sure you have your Emergency Roadside Assistance phone number with you. For Kia owners, that is 1-800-333-4 KIA (4542)
- Store a gallon of water to use if your car overheats
- Pack drinking water and snacks for family and pets
- Have an emergency tool in your vehicle that will cut your seatbelt and/or break your window if you are swept by floodwaters
As always, we should hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Please be safe. If you have any questions, please contact our Service Department at 843.573.4995 or complete the form below.
Kia Country serves the Greater Charleston, SC region. If you live outside this area, please contact your local Kia dealer.