A severe storm brought heavy rain and an unconfirmed tornado to Barking, east London around 19:00 LT on June 25, 2021. There are no reports of any casualties but the damage is significant.
According to local media reports, the storm damaged the roofs of dozens of homes, electrical equipment, cars and trees, and collapsed garden walls in Hulse Avenue and some surrounding roads in the Barking area.
"This is a weather related incident, during which there was a lightning strike," the Metropolitan Police for Barking and Dagenham said.
"In addition to the lightning strike, we have seen reports of a tornado but cannot confirm this. There are no reports of any casualties. Officers are liaising with the local authority to ensure support is available to anyone affected by damage to property."
The UK Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said that it's probable that a brief tornado did occur.
Heavy rain brought by the storm caused flash flooding over a much wider area of east London.
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Tornado in Barking, wth!! pic.twitter.com/Y5HaRJKyM7
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