Houses and roads in east London have been damaged after reports of a "tornado". 

Emergency crews were called to parts of Barking just after 7pm on Friday after reports of damaged roofs, electrical equipment and vehicles.

The "weather-related incident" saw a lightning strike and unconfirmed reports of a tornado, with storm-like conditions creating a "loud noise like thunder". 

Videos posted on social media showed powerful winds tearing through Barking, with bricks strewn across some residential streets and driveways and outbuildings damaged. Police said there were no reports of any injuries.

We just missed the tornado in Barking this evening. Heard a loud noise like thunder though. Crazy!! 🌪 pic.twitter.com/TTLgfFVJSx

— dblckmn (@dblckmn) June 25, 2021

A whole tornado in barking, london yk pic.twitter.com/X20PRZSyj3

— 🏌️ (@haar_1s) June 25, 2021

The Metropolitan Police’s Barking and Dagenham Twitter account said: "Police were called at around 7.20pm to reports of damage caused to roofs, electrical equipment, street furniture and vehicles in Hulse Avenue and some surrounding roads in the #Barking area. 

"This is a weather-related incident, during which there was a lightning strike."

Police said the tornado reports were unconfirmed and officers were liaising with the local authority to help those with damaged properties.

Barking and Dagenham Council tweeted: "We’re aware of the severe weather damage in the Barking area and our immediate response team, along with the police and fire brigade, are on hand sorting any issues. As soon as we hear of any further information, we will let you know."

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms across parts of London and Essex until 11pm on Friday.  Forecasters warned of heavy downpours leading to flooding and travel disruption.