Wind Turbine Failed to Weather the Storm

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Much to the shock of residents of the Scottish Highlands, a wind turbine was broken apart and scattered across the area by gusts of wind.

Wind is supposed to be good news for a wind turbine.

However, much to the shock of residents of the Scottish Highlands a wind turbine was broken apart and scattered across the area by gusts of wind.

Even though it was graded to withstand air rushes of up to 134 miles per hour – well above the hurricane threshold - it was a 40-mile-per-hour blast that caused two of its blades to break free.

One was reportedly thrown about 60 yards.

A third propeller sustained severe damage.

Of especially great concern is that similar structures are located near playgrounds.

While no one was hurt in this incident, a community group is calling for the removal of all turbines near schools attended by children.

Similar opposition to their presence was presented to the city council about a year ago, at which time 13 were shut down while the risk of damage was assessed.

They were switched back on following the investigation.

At the time, a spokesperson for the Highland council said, "We are satisfied we have put in place the required risk assessments of wind turbines in schools to ensure their safe operation."

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