London weather warning: Intense lightning storms smash capital – Met Office alert

BBC Weather: Europe set for storms and unsettled conditions

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Met Office yellow weather warnings have been put in place across parts of England today, with slow-moving thunderstorms impacting London and the East of England. This comes as a reported tornado tore through Barking in London, demolishing a wall and ripping trees apart. The Met Office warns: “Slow-moving thunderstorms are producing very heavy rain, lightning and hail across northeast Greater London, South Essex and far north Kent.

“Whilst heavy rainfall is quite localised, some places may see 30-40 mm of rainfall in an hour with hail and lightning additional hazards.

“This thunderstorm is expected to weaken later this evening.”

The warning is in place until 11pm tonight, with another Met Office warning for rain.

The rain warning reads: “Slow-moving heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms continue across the West Midlands.

“Whilst not all places will see heavy rainfall, some locations are likely to receive 20-30 mm in an hour and 40-50 mm in 2-3 hours this evening.

The areas affected are Shropshire, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Warwickshire, West Midlands Conurbation and Worcestershire.

Videos on social media have shown intense flash floods across Dagenham following reports of a tornado earlier this evening.

Barking and Dagenham police said they were called at around 7.20pm BST to “reports of damage caused to roofs, electrical equipment, street furniture and vehicles”.

They added it was “a weather-related incident, during which there was a lightning strike”.

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