Pictures from Oklahoma
A turbine at Nextera Energy's Breckinridge wind energy facility suffered a catastrophic blade failure which threw the blade at least 300 feet from the base of the tower. The Breckinridge facility which was place online in August 2015, uses 57 GE 1.7 megawatt XLE turbines. The site has a nameplate capacity of 98.1 megawatts.
MINCO, Okla. — A wind turbine near Minco was damaged in overnight storms. Part of one of the blades was broken off and was left dangling in the breeze Friday morning. Some debris landed on part of land owned by Fox 25 Storm Tracker Bobby Hines, Hines said. The Oklahoma Mesonet site in Minco saw a gust of nearly 60 miles an hour during those thunderstorms. Other damage was reported around Oklahoma in the form of downed tree limbs.
Warning from the Cogar Volunteer Fire Department: Please beware of large chunks of ice being launched great distance by the wind turbines in our area! Please use extreme caution and stay a safe distance away from them. We have seen 3 wires of new barbed wire fences broken by ice chunks from the blades of these massive machines. The pictures of the ice chunks below were recovered about 125 yds from the base of a turbine about 4:30 pm this afternoon. Much larger and thicker pieces had impacted closer to the base.
Shocking images of tornado damage in the Oklahoma City area. ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee reports a wind turbine blade slammed into the child care facility at Canadian Valley Technology Center. No one was hurt.
Wind turbine blade takes out daycare/playground at Canadian Valley Tech in El Reno, OKlahoma.
An approaching storm frames wind turbines north of Woodward, Oklahoma.
A row of wind turbines in Harper County, Oklahoma. Depending on the model, each turbine can produce 1.5 to 2.1 megawatts of electricity when spinning at a speed for which the turbine was designed to deliver its maximum power (MW).
Newly constructed high-tension power lines frame a county road. The power lines deliver wind energy to load centers.
An example of the amount of grading done to install turbines in flat country