High winds snap Nova Scotia wind turbine in two

Wine Turbine

Cape Breton’s winds are notably strong, but after they snapped a wind turbine in half, they might be even more famous.

Earlier this week, people in Grand Étang, Cape Breton, began tweeting photos of a wind turbine that was cleanly snapped in two. Instead of soaring high in the sky, its blades were resting on the ground. 

Nova Scotia Power told CBC News that they’re still investigating the cause of the break, as they’re not sure whether or not it was the result of wind. But others are betting that it was.

There was a severe wind warning in the area on Tuesday night, and meteorologist Kalin Mitchell said that wind gusts reached up to 164 km/hr between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday. In fact, that corner of the province is known for strong winds that originate in the southeast, which are commonly known by their Acadian name “Les Suêtes.”

According to The Weather Network, these wind gusts regularly reach speeds of up to 160 km/hr, sometimes even higher. They’ve been so fast at times that their speed is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, though they’re not generated in the same way.

Local Pierre Chiasson captured some brief Youtube footage of the fallen 50-foot turbine.

“You want to see what the wind can do down here,” Chiasson says in the video. “Shattered to pieces; blown apart.”

The good news is that turbine, which was built by the Denmark-based company Vestas, is the only one of its kind in the province, and no one was injured in the incident.