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Ill. wind turbine damage blamed on strong storms

DANVILLE – The company that operates an eastern Illinois wind-energy farm where two blades recently broke off a turbine near a school said last month’s severe storms may be to blame.

Invenergy said the 159-foot blades broke off the turbine north of Oakwood and near Oakwood Junior High on the night of Nov. 20, three days after powerful storms tore across Illinois. Oakwood is about 30 miles east of Champaign.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign, the company said in a statement that the storms may have been damaged by the Nov. 17 storms.

No one was injured by the falling blades.

Those storms, though, included tornadoes that killed seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses around the state.

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