More than 150 highways officers have responded to hundreds of separate reports of damage caused by Storm Eunice across Devon today.

Gritters are also being deployed tonight to counter the expected drop in temperature, and the amount of debris still on the network, people are being advised only to drive tonight unless it's absolutely necessary.

Friday morning and early afternoon represented the ‘peak’ of Storm Eunice in Devon, with wind speeds recorded of up to 100mph in places.

A red wind warning had been issued by the Met Office for Northern Devon and its coastline, while an amber wind warning is in force across the rest of the county until later tonight.

Since mid-morning, the Network Operations Control Centre has received almost 500 calls and incident reports with highways teams and tree surgeons on standby.

Across Devon, there have been reports of debris and branches on roads, flooding and damaged trees. In one incident, a damaged tree was tangled up in a power line; in North Devon, a barn roof was ripped off and landed on a road, blocking one of the area gritting routes.

In Barrack Road in Exeter, a large tree was damaged and was only held up by a nearby street light. Tree surgeons worked through the afternoon to make it safe.

Gritters will be out in force on the county’s key routes tonight as the temperature is expected to drop.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, said: “I want to thank everyone involved including all the highways crews, contractors, tree surgeons and control centre staff for their hard work – either through responding to incidents directly or through informing the public they have helped keep people safe.

“The winds will still be quite high tonight and a yellow wind warning will be in force over Saturday and strong winds are expected in places right up until the beginning of next week.

“A significant number of trees have blown over and there’s lots of other debris on the network. We are prioritising the primary salting network, but some incidents are still too dangerous to clear until the winds subside. “We have extensive gritting planned for the evening but because the debris still on the road we advise that the public should only drive if it’s absolutely essential"