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Storm bends, snaps propellers on wind turbines  

Credit:  www.kcci.com 2 September 2011 ~~

NORTHWOOD, Iowa – Strong thunderstorms moving through northern Iowa caused damage to a wind farm near Northwood Friday morning.

The storm hit around 4:25 a.m. in Worth County.

Residents reported to the National Weather Service that two wind turbines were damaged. One had a propeller bent in half and the second had a propeller with the tip snapped off.

Wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph were reported in Worth County.

Numerous trees and a power pole were reported damaged. Some corn fields were also flattened by the strong winds.

Nickel-sized hail was also reported near Mallard in Palo Alto County while ping pong sized hail was reported by a trained storm spotter in Worth County.

The Mason City Globe Gazette also reported damage in Mitchell County early Friday.

Source:  www.kcci.com 2 September 2011

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