Wind Turbine Stumbles to the Ground After Being Hit by Hurricane-Force Winds

Its blades started spinning out of control, the wind turbine eventually caught fire

By on January 30th, 2013 15:58 GMT

I am very much aware of the fact that this piece of news does little – if anything, for that matter – to help promote green energy, yet the fact remains that such incidents need also be mentioned.

This is because people must know that, despite their being way cooler than coal and other similar dirty energy sources, wind turbines, solar panels and the like are not exactly bulletproof either.

To cut a long story short, a wind turbine at East Ash Farm in Devon, near Holsworthy has recently fallen to the ground after being hit by hurricane-force winds. Apparently, its blades began to spin out of control, and the wind turbine eventually caught fire.

The wind turbine was roughly 115 feet tall (roughly 35 meters), and its estimated worth was somewhere around £250,000 (about €292,000/$393,000), Daily Mail reports.

Despite its being built just 3 years ago and its having an estimated lifespan of 25 years, it looks like the 135 mph (approximately 217 kph) were simply too much for it to handle.

Luckily, nobody was standing next to it when the incident occurred, and no victims were reported.

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