Elon Musk indicated that the injured nose cone would take several weeks to fix, likely pushing the beginning of Starhopper's hop test campaign into late-February or March.
However, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville, Texas, the wind advisory was issued late on Tuesday - "caution is advised for high-profile vehicles". The test version of Starship is shorter than the final version will be. This prototype, which would be used for takeoff tests and landing trials, was created since the holidays by the Elon Musk-owned space company's engineers in the location.
A photo taken by NASAspaceflight.com member "BocaChicaGal" shows the rocket's crumpled top on the ground.
Musk followed up in a later tweet by saying that the "actual tanks" - the more complex base of the rocket - "are fine".
Starship is being built out of a very light stainless steel, rather than carbon fiber. Musk said in an interview with Popular Mechanics published this week that there were two reasons why this material was chosen: low price and high strength.
This is more likely an example of rough, ad-hoc testing being used to generally characterize and navigate the early stages of new technology development, hence the improvised testbed of a few ceramic insulation blankets and industrial torches already on-hand at SpaceX's Hawthorne, CA factory.