Northern parts of the United Kingdom have seen some rough weather in the past week, causing over £100 million (approximately $156 million) in estimated economic damage.
Scotland was slammed with wind gust speeds near 165 miles an hour—that’s less than 10 miles an hour under the strongest wind gust ever recorded on British soil, according to The Telegraph.
For comparison sake, a category five hurricane sees sustained winds of at least 155 miles an hour. An EF 3 tornado sees 3-second wind gusts between 136 and 165 miles an hour.
Included in the damage is a 328-foot tall wind turbine that reportedly exploded when overloaded by the storm. Industrial wind turbines are designed to withstand strong gusts, and designed to automatically turn off when wind speeds reach a certain point.
No one was injured in the turbine explosion.
The images and video coming from the British Isles, particularly fromScotland, have been absolutely incredible. To see some of the damage and to learn more about this historic storm check out these links:
This post was written by RDuns on December 10, 2011