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Devon set for stormy Saturday
Updated 9:53am Sunday 16th February 2014 in News
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- Amber warning for wind in South-West
- Yellow warning for rain
Devon and Cornwall Police's control room took around treble the average number of calls yesterday, with more than 900 calls being made to the police 999 service during a 24 hour period.
The force also saw a record number of police generated incident logs, with 1,549 up until midnight yesterday - the previous highest had been 1,542 during Christmas 2012.
Many of the incidents police dealt with involved falling trees and debris.
The weather forecast is for an improving picture throughout the weekend but the road debris and subsequent clean up operation will mean road closures will remain in some areas.
Further damage was caused to the sea wall at Dawlish and residents were evacuated from Sea Lawn Terrace. A tree also fell on a house in Hermitage Road, Plymouth causing extensive damage though there were no reported casualties.
A spokesman said: "In some areas the true picture of the damage caused overnight is still not known and police are continuing to receive calls about damage caused to properties and infrastructure such as gas leaks and damage to telephone and power lines."
Police will continue to work closely with the local authorities,the Environment Agency and other emergency services throughout the weekend.
Drivers are urged to take caution when travelling on the road network and residents concerned about flooding in their area can also log onto the Environment Agency website to follow the latest flood alerts.
A police spokesman said: “The police experienced a very busy period during the latest storm and although there is considerable damage to individual properties, large scale flooding was avoided.
"The advice now is to be cautious if you have to go out and about. Roads remain dangerous due to surface water, fallen trees and debris and heavy rain continues to fall in some areas.
"We would also ask residents to check on the welfare of their neighbours and continue to monitor the weather forecast and flooding alerts via their local news stations, the Met office and Environment Agency.”
WESTERN Power Distribution says 9,000 homes across the South-West are without power.
#Police : Police respond to storm across the force http://t.co/BHALEGn1r7 Devon Cornwall— @DC_Police 15 February 2014
All First Great Western trains in Cornwall and Devon remain out of action this morning.
As a result the rail company has said: "Due to major disruptions across the entire First Great Western network, customers are advised not to travel until further notice."
The wall of a primary school in Plymouth has been destroyed by a falling horsechestnut tree.
The tree is now filling the road outside Hyde Park Primary School.
An 80ft (25m) oak tree estimated to be almost 200 years old has also fallen, closing the main A379 near Starcross, Devon.
Police have issued a warning not to go near Plymouth's foreshore this morning, due to fears of "freak waves" and injuries caused by flying rocks.
Thirty people were evacuated from their homes in Dawlish last night, over fears they would be flooded out.
Latest: 6 Severe and 55 Flood Warnings in place for SW, more info on http://t.co/hk5Bg9hB0i stay safe #floodaware
— @EnvAgencySW 15 February 2014
DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it handled over 200 calls about weather-related incidents yesterday.
Most related to trees falling onto roads or power cables coming down.
In other incidents, several people were helped to safety after vehicles became stranded in floodwater near Moretonhampstead, and crews attended flooded homes in Torquay, Plymouth, Salcombe, and Teignmouth.
THE floods continue to cause major travel disruption.
Click here for the latest on the trains from First Great Western.
THE Met Office's five-day weather map suggests there could be some respite after today.
THE Met Office has an amber warning for wind and a yellow warning for rain in the South-West today.
Here's what the Met Office says about the dangers of wind:
"Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely in the Amber warning area with isolated 80 mph gusts possible along the most exposed parts of the south coast.
"Winds will ease from the west during Saturday morning."