POLICE across Devon and Cornwall worked throughout the night on Friday dealing with a large number of weather related calls and emergency incidents.
Silver commands were opened in Cornwall and Devon to co-ordinate the emergency responses and officers continue to be deployed to assist with road closures and weather related incidents.
The force’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 between 3.50pm and midnight on Friday night.
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.
A tree fell on a house in Hermitage Road, Plymouth causing extensive damage though there were no reported casualties.
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.
In Turnchapel, high winds and high tide brought flooding.
Resident Sarah Lee said: "It's the worst tidal flooding we've seen it in nine years of living here and the other neighbours in our terrace have lived here for many more years can't remember it this high in about 40 years."
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.”
This morning, Plymouth police advised people not to visit the city foreshore this morning.
High tide was expected at around 6am but the potential hazard continued throughout the morning as wind and rain batter the city again.
In addition to concern about people going too close to sea and being washed away by freak waves, police were also worried that rocks and other rubble may be thrown onto adjacent roads by strong waves.
A police spokesperson said: “The shoreline has taken a battering over the past week and there is a lot of debris in the water.
"We are aware that some people may want to watch the rough seas, but they should not underestimate the danger caused by a combination of strong winds and large waves.
“ We have a clear message, keep away from the sea and that includes roads and paths close to the shore.
"Not only do you put your own life at risk, but also the lives of emergency service personnel who may have to be called out to help you.”
Hoe Road, between the junctions with Madeira Road and Pier Street, has been closed and will remain shut until assessed safe to open.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Thick cloud is predicted for Monday with brisk rather than strong winds.
“It is set to be wet and miserable on Monday, with brighter spells on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Hopefully, this weather will be the last on the conveyor belt of the storms.”
An historic chestnut tree fell during last night's storm leaving residents "shaken".
The tree fell last night at around 10pm next to Hyde Park School blocking Hermitage Road.
Sorcha Holloway said that it was a "miracle nobody was hurt".
She added: "What a lucky escape. We are all shaking like leaves, could have been so much worse."
6am: High tide is expected in Plymouth. Police are urging people to stay away from the waterfront.
11am: Albany Street is closed in both directions due to a police incident around Granby Way.
11.15am: The A30 Westbound, just past A38 turn off, a car has turned over. The road is blocked and police are in attendance.
12.30pm: Reports of gridlocked traffic and tailbacks at Tesco in Roborough.