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Tornado Destroys Wind Turbines in Southwest Iowa

A powerful tornado swept through southwest Iowa, destroying ten wind turbines and causing extensive damage. The storm struck near Greenfield, a city already reeling from four tornado-related deaths. MidAmerican Energy reported that six turbines in Adair County were toppled, while Vestas, an Oregon-based company, confirmed the destruction of four turbines in Adams County.


MidAmerican spokeswoman Tina Hoffman stated that the tornado directly hit turbines at their Orient and Arbor Hill wind farms. Despite wind speeds exceeding 100 mph before communication was lost, no injuries were reported among their technicians. This incident marks the most significant loss MidAmerican has experienced since it began operating wind farms in 2004.

Vestas spokesman Matt Copeman noted that several employees’ homes were destroyed, displacing them. Both companies are inspecting their wind farms for further damage before resuming operations. This rare and severe weather event highlights the challenges wind turbine designers face in creating structures that can withstand the most extreme natural forces.

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