Living near the ocean, we get strong winds occasionally. Yesterday we had especially strong winds that ended up flinging laundry and futons all over the neighborhood. One futon ended up on the roof of the neighboring apartment. The laundry poles were torn down and many of the plants were toppled.
The potatoes, being in a wide and stable pot, did not tip over, but the wind took its toll. The leaves are a mess and some of the branches seem to have been torn off completely. Part of this is because the plant bumps up against the side of the planter and against other things nearby when the wind blows it. This seems to explain most of the damage.
The smaller plant took the brunt of the damage, and I'll have to keep an eye on it.
Fortunately, the larger plant did not take much damage. This is good because in the middle of the stem is what looks like the beginnings of a set of flowers. After 4 months, the potato is finally going to bloom.