Researchers: wind turbines could fight hurricanes
BATON ROUGE- Soon, a part of Old South Baton Rouge will be turned into the center of research to deal with issues about sustaining the coastline, a vital part of hurricane protection.
But, other researchers said they have an idea about a way to cut a hurricane's power and harness electricity.
Three scientists said storms can be tamed by using offshore wind turbines. They believe a cluster of machines, kind of like high-tech windmills, can reduce storm surge as much as 79% by reducing wind speeds of a storm by 92 mph.
According to the report, the a turbine farm could cost less than "the net cost of sea walls used solely to avoid storm surge damage."
Outside of reducing a hurricane's impact, the turbines would do nothing to replenish the deteriorating coastline, though.
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