Storms cause chaos with vehicles crushed
AUTUMN has started with a bang — gale force winds last week causing chaos across the county.
Trees are inevitable casualties especially when carrying their summer foliage.
Highways department tree surgeons try and identify those which are weakened by disease and take preventative action.
Paignton residents will recall the decision to fell the Big Tree on Dartmouth Road for this very reason.
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But it is not an exact science and strong winds can bring down the strongest specimens, as our pictures today reveal.
Hopefully, no-one was injured in these vehicles crushed beneath falling boughs.
The Newton Road must have been closed for hours in 1972 when this tree (above right) came down at Aller.
The winter of 1989-90 was one of the stormiest on record with force 10 winds howling up the English Channel.
The first assault came in November, 1989, when, among many incidents, cars were crushed by a falling tree in New Road, Brixham (far right).
But there was worst to come.
Three of our pictures today recall the storm of January 25, 1990, when gusts were recorded between 80mph and 100mph.
Devon had escaped the famous gale of 1987 which did so much damage in the South East.
The 1990 'Burn's Night Storm' as it has become known, affected the whole country.