When the turbine in the Bronx partially collapsed, it crashed into an adjoining three-sided illuminated billboard, causing it to break as well and fall to the street and the cars below.
Scene images taken by Tori McCauseland with The Co-op City Times show a huge pole lying on a mutilated car. "Fortunately, we can report that there are no injuries and that everyone is safe and sound," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told the CNN WABC affiliate. "An investigation into how this incident happened is underway."
The 50-meter-high wind turbine was installed in mid-December but had not yet been activated, according to WABC. Debris littered the mall below, which houses a gas station, drugstore, paint store, and other businesses. All stores were evacuated, according to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB).
"Our preliminary on-site inspection found that a wind turbine attached to the monopolar structure has become unstable, causing a part of the monopolar structure to collapse," Abigail Kunitz, the agency's deputy press secretary and publishing editor, told CNN.
"The DOB issued the owner two Class 1 violations for failure to maintain the monopole structure and the adjacent signal, and also issued a full stop job order and full vacancy of the building, affecting the three business businesses."
The wind in the area has reached 15-20 mph, according to CNN meteorologist Gene Norman. It was so intense that it broke Senator Jamaal Bailey's umbrella while addressing local reporters.
"This wind is very serious," Bailey said The Co-op City Times on the scene. "But again, a wind turbine should not be knocked down by the wind." . (tagsToTranslate) us (t) New York Wind Turbine Hits a Car in the Bronx After Hitting a Billboard – CNN