We survived relatively unscathed here in Little Venice. The strongest winds since 1986 were forecast on the early morning of 28th October 2013 and sure enough they came! I left Lady A as securely moored as possible and returned the next morning to find everything was fine.A few of our neighbours had a little trouble though – a tree fell on a boat outside the Nissan Design Centre/ Battleship Building at the Paddington Basin entrance. No permanent damage done and the boater had already cleared up most of the fallen tree before the official channels reacted – two weeks later all the trees have been removed on the towpath at this location! I was skipper on Jasons Trip that morning and so I cycled the route from Little Venice to Camden to check for fallen trees. One or two large branches in the water and a very large part of a tree at Blowup Bridge but it wasn’t completely blocking the canal, and so we went ahead and operated as normal. Neighbouring roads were closed – Blomfield Road and Randloph Road, both with large trees down, and I was impressed with the speed of the cleanup operation which allowed both these roads to be reopened by early afternoon.
So altogether I think this was pretty much a near miss, and allowed Lady A to continue operations without any problems.