A windmill in the central Netherlands has broken in half due to strong winds, VRT Nieuws reported.
The windmill, located in a wind farm in Zeewolde, in the Dutch province of Flevoland, reportedly spread debris over several hundred metres. Both local media and the Flevoland fire department have since confirmed that no one was harmed by the incident and that traffic on a nearby road has not been disrupted.
"No one was injured in the incident," the local fire department tweeted. "Traffic is not bothered by the cracked windmill."
Hulpdiensten zijn retour kazerne. #Vattenfall met technische personeel aanwezig. Alle overige windmolens worden in veilige stand gezet. pic.twitter.com/CwuSbn9u7r— Brandweer Flevoland (@brandweerflevo) January 4, 2023
It is overwhelmingly likely that strong winds caused the breakage, although this has not yet been conclusively confirmed. According to local media, at the time of the incident the wind was blowing at a near-gale force speed.
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The cracked windmill is one of the oldest windmills in the park and was built in 1998. Other windmills in the wind farm have since been shut down as a precaution.