Harvesting the energy from hurricanes has another benefit as well. Energy that is taken from these storms will lessen their impact because they will lose the power they need to be destructive and devastate areas where they land and travel. Hurricanes continue building as long as they move over warm water, but if we can siphon off some of their energy, these storms may not become as big and threatening.
Hurricanes have extremely high winds. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, the winds were measured at more than 155 miles per hour. These storms create significant wave energy as well. Some scientists estimate that harnessing the energy from a single category one or two hurricane could supply enough energy to meet our needs in the United States for three to four months, at least. Imagine what harnessing the energy from just one storm like Hurricane Katrina could provide. This means that developing the technology and equipment to harness energy from hurricanes could completely end our dependence on fossil fuels.
Hurricane Katrina was responsible for almost 2,000 deaths and billions of dollars in damages. It also contributed to hundreds of thousands of animal deaths, millions of people losing their homes and all their possessions, and massive repairs and cleanup efforts. It is doubtful that Hurricane Katrina will be forgotten any time soon, and this storm has provided a valuable lesson. Hurricanes can be destructive and powerful, but they also offer the potential for a renewable, sustainable, alternative energy source, of course with some research and development concerning technology. Harnessing the energy from a storm like Hurricane Katrina may seem impossible, but it can be done using the right equipment, technology, and concepts. We simply have to figure out how to do it safely and efficiently.
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