Businessman Peter Cordani has spent four years researching a way to drop absorbent particles into the eye of a storm to disrupt its spin and suck out the moisture.

He admits he won’t stop any hurricanes, but he believes he could save cities and residents from suffering billions of dollars worth of damage by gutting the storm’s strength.

Researchers at his company, Dyn-O-Mat, tested their absorbent powder on a thunderstorm cloud two years ago. A television station’s weather radar confirmed the cloud lost moisture after an airplane dropped $40,000 worth of Dyn-O-Gel granules into the cloud.

The company’s now trying to develop a powder that’s thousands of times more absorbent so it can be tested on a grander scale — in the eye of a hurricane.

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