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Parts of the capital have been hit by strong winds tonight, with reports of a tornado in East London.

Severe weather conditions hit Barking, leaving a trail of destruction in the street, ahead of an expected weekend washout.

Locals rushed to the street to take videos, with several clips posted on social media.

Their clips showed trees falling in the street, as well as rubbish bins flying through the air and fences completely broken.

One resident wrote alongside their footage: "Tornado in Barking, East London. WOW."

Another posted a clip with the caption: "How is there a whole tornado in Barking."

Winds knocked down fences and damaged cars in East London
(Image: Aktar Gani)

A number of vehicles and homes were reportedly damaged, but Barking and Dagenham police said there have been no reports of casualties.

Officers said the event is a weather-related incident, but at this time it cannot be confirmed whether it was actually a tornado.

Sky News journalist Kiran Bhangal tweeted: “Just experienced a tornado in Barking east London. Dozens of cars and homes damaged.

“Police and fire crews on the scene. Very scary indeed.”

Barking and Dagenham police said: "Police were called at around 1920hrs 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.

Videos taken by local residents showed the destructions created by what looked like a tornado
(Image: Aktar Gani)

Emergency services attended the scene due to weather-related incident
(Image: Aktar Gani)

"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 Met Office has predicted a rainy weekend across southern parts of the UK, with cloudy skies expected in London.

But from next week, temperatures are set to go up, with the mercury hitting 25C.

Warm weather is expected at the beginning of July, forecasters have said.