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Picture: Wind turbine blown over by wind in Devon

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: October 27, 2013

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Strong winds that hit Devon on Saturday night have collapsed a wind turbine.

No-one was reported injured after the 27m turbine came down in a field at Higher Rixdale Farm at Luton, near Teignmouth.

Firefighters dismantled a small wind turbine from the roof of a house in Ilfracombe.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service received a call reporting a wind turbine "in a precarious position".

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Police have urged people to think twice before calling when the storm hits the Westcountry in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Inspector Simon Pawsey, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said anyone with an urgent matter should still call 999.

However, he said people should consider whether non-urgent matters could wait until the dust settles after the storm.

"It is business as normal for us and we will carry on with the service we provide," he said.

"We will be watching the weather forecast of course.

"If people have an urgent matter, they should ring 999 and we would encourage them to do that.

"If someone has a non-urgent matter and they feel it can wait until Monday, perhaps when things have settled down a bit, then that would be fine."

The storm is expected to bring with it hurricane strength winds and between 20mm and 40mm of rain in just a few hours.

Forecasters say it will begin battering the south of England at around 3am leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

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