West Hampstead tube station

Tube station sign ripped down in storm

West Hampstead tube station

While I was stuck on a train waiting for the driver to cut a tree that had fallen onto the line using a rusty saw (I kid you not), it seems that a mini-hurricane hit West Hampstead.

Twitter was flooded with #weather tweets with descriptions of high winds and intense rain. The plastic barriers outside the West Hampstead Square marketing suite had mostly tumbled into the hole they were protecting.

But it was the absence of the tube sign on the north side of the station that was the most startling.