London weather alert: intense thunderstorms crush the capital – Met Office Alert | Weather | New
Yellow Met Office weather warnings were put in place in parts of England today, with slow thunderstorms affecting London and eastern England. It comes as a tornado devastated Barking in London, demolishing a wall and tearing up trees. The Met Office warns: “Slow thunderstorms are producing very heavy rain, lightning and hail in North East Greater London, South Essex and Far North Kent.
“While the heavy precipitation is quite localized, some places can receive 30 to 40 mm of precipitation in an hour with additional risks of hail and lightning.
“This thunderstorm is expected to subside later in the evening.”
The warning is in place until 11 p.m. tonight, with another warning from the Met Office for the rain.
The rain warning reads: “Heavy slow showers and isolated thunderstorms continue in the West Midlands.
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“While not all places will experience heavy rainfall, some places are likely to receive 20-30mm in an hour and 40-50mm in 2-3 hours tonight.”
The affected areas are Shropshire, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Warwickshire, West Midlands Conurbation and Worcestershire.
Videos on social media showed intense flash floods through Dagenham following reports of a tornado earlier in the evening.
Images taken show a swirling mass of winds in the sky, picking up debris and chopping down trees.
A video even showed the aftermath of a broken brick wall after the event.
Barking and Dagenham Police said they were called around 7.20pm BST for “reports of damage to roofs, electrical equipment, street furniture and vehicles”.
They added that it was “a weather-related incident in which there was a lightning strike”.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told Express.co.uk: “Tornadoes are rare in the UK, but occur around 35 times a year, most often during thunderstorms.
“Slow thunderstorms tonight produced very heavy rain, lightning and hail in North East Greater London, South Essex and Far North Kent.
“While heavy precipitation is expected to be localized, some places have probably recorded more than 40mm of precipitation in an hour with additional risks of hail and lightning.
“This thunderstorm – which produced very hard-hitting rains, including surface water flooding and travel disruptions – is expected to subside later in the evening.
“There have been several notable events over the past few decades where tornadoes have caused significant damage, but most of the time they occur fleetingly without noticeable impacts.
“In other parts of the world, like the tornado alley in the United States, these systems cause major impacts, but those that occur in the United Kingdom do not develop the same power or intensity.”
Shocked residents took to social media to share photos and videos of their experience tonight.
One person wrote: “So there was a barking tornado and heavy flooding where I live. I literally had to cross deep water ”.
Another said: “These Tornado in Barking videos are crazy.”
And a third added: “Has a tornado really hit Barking?” What the hell ?
Greater Anglia Rail said due to the weather, trains traveling Chadwell Heath and Brentwood were running slowly, causing delays.
A spokesperson said: “Due to heavy rains flooding the railway line between Chadwell Heath and Brentwood, trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.
“Rail services through these stations can be delayed. Disruptions are expected until 11 p.m. This causes delays of 10 to 20 minutes. “
Lightning trackers show clusters of airstrikes hitting near Birmingham and east London.
The government’s specialized flood warning service issued several flood warnings this evening.