Clearwater Florida (PRWEB) June 13, 2006
Just two weeks into the hurricane season and already a named tropical storm has formed in the Caribbean Sea. The US National Hurricane Center says, “Alberto is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 10 to 20 inches over the western half of Cuba…with isolated totals of 30 inches over the higher terrain. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches are possible over the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys through Tuesday.” After last year’s devastation, with many areas not yet recovered, weary residents are once again cautioned to be on the alert.
But there might be something better on the horizon.
On Florida’s Gulf Coast, frequently threatened by these deadly storms, a not-for-profit organization is out to stop hurricanes from threatening life and property. “Project WindFall [http://www.ProjectWindFall.org puts proven technology to work to disrupt dangerous tropical storms. These storms gather their energy from warm ocean water, and we’re showing how it’s possible to lower those temperatures just a few degrees to get back into a safe range – sea surface temperatures under 80 degrees means safer seas,” says David Vondracek, Executive Director of Proteus Blue Research Corporation, the parent organization of Project WindFall.
Ocean temperatures have climbed in recent years, resulting in longer storm seasons, and stronger, more frequent hurricanes. The toll on lives, homes and businesses has been staggering: over 2,000 people died and over 700,000 were homeless, requiring government housing assistance, in the aftermath of last year’s storms. The costs in financial terms are just as disastrous: the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research estimates that the total economic impact of Hurricane Katrina alone may exceed $150 billion.
“The death and destruction from last year’s hurricanes are appalling. Knowing that we can do something about these devastating storms, we’re doing everything we can to reach an effective, practical solution as fast as we can. We know that most people feel like we do: that if you know you can do something to help, you’d better do it – and the government’s response last year showed us that we can’t count on them to do it for us,” say Vondracek.
For more information on Project WindFall you can visit their website at http://www.ProjectWindFall.org.
About Project WindFall:
Project WindFall is a program of Proteus Blue Research Corporation, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization with a duty to protect and enhance the vast resources of our oceans and work with responsible commercial partners on sustainable solutions.
Frank Wells, Director of Public Relations
Proteus Blue Research Corporation