ISLANDERS have been thanked by the Isle of Wight Amubulance Service for their patience and restraint during storm St Jude.
Wind speeds of up to 99mph were recorded on the Island, but this did not stop two Coastguard helicopter evacuations of critically ill patients to Southampton Hospital at 11pm.
In a statement issued this morning (Monday) Ian Yeo, from Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, said: "Compared to a normal Sunday night we have attended six blue light emergencies.
"This is half the number we would usually attend and compares with 21 emergency call outs the previous night.
"We’re grateful to Islanders for acting responsibly overnight and only calling 999 for real emergencies.
"We would continue to urge Islanders to take care, especially as the morning rush hour starts.
"We would also urge Islanders to look out for neighbours, particularly the elderly and vulnerable."
An Isle of Wight NHS spokesman said emergency services, including the ambulance service, the Beacon Health Centre and Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital, were likely to be very busy for several hours.
Mr Yeo said: "I would urge Islanders to only call 999 with life-threatening conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, broken bones, severe bleeding or breathing difficulties.
"Our 111 number is free from both land lines and mobiles for health advice. The national NHS website at www.nhs.uk contains a massive amount of information and advice as well.
"We will be running as near normal service as possible this morning.
"If you have an appointment at St. Mary’s or one of our outpatient facilities or if you are scheduled to come in for an operation please assume it is going ahead.
"If for any reason we have to cancel any of our activities we will telephone or text patients."