As this reporter travelled through the streets of Hackney, he was met only with with a wall of silence, pierced by sobbing cries of "My Geraniums, my geraniums.....". Mrs Hunter is one of the many people affected by the devastating power of the ongoing storm. We travelled to her garden to observe the wanton destruction. No less than seven plant pots were strewn across the garden. Mrs Robinson takes me to one side where Mr Hunter is desperately trying to mend a crack in an eighth plant pot. "I don't think it's going to make it" she confides out of ear shot of her desperate husband.
However, this terrible tragedy is not confined to the horticultural. Several people in a nearby retirement home for the persistently old told this reporter that they had seen the storm set a path of destruction right through their garden party. "It went right through the teacups, it did" said an old Lady whose name she couldn't remember.
While it is too early to begin to count the costs of this tragedy, early government reports estimate close to 800 broken plant pots, with an estimated cost of almost £1,500. "Who is going to pay for all this?" asked Mr Greene, "my lost roof tile doesn't even meet the £100 insurance excess".
Politicians on all sides have begun blaming the other. Mr Miliband, filmed by the BBC picking up someone's fallen garden chair, said "Where is Mr Cameron today? Meeting with a Syrian delegation while London churns". Mr Osborne returned fire hours later, "This storm has been brewing since Labour was in power, yet dozens of roadside plant pots were not glued down under their watch.