Barking: Windy conditions seen as ‘tornado’ strikes
Barking residents have shared worrying footage of the extreme weather event on social media on Friday evening. Police officers and the fire brigade have been called on sight by panicked Londoners as properties suffered structural damage.
Howling winds has caused brick walls to crumble, trees to collapse and sent wheelie bins flying in all angles.
Barking and Dagenham Police has confirmed it was called shortly after 7pm to reports of damage caused to roofs, electrical equipment, street furniture and vehicles in Hulse Avenue and surrounding areas.
The force added the destruction was caused by adverse weather conditions, including lightning.
A tornado has caused damaged in east London
Storms descended across east London
In one terrifying video posted on Twitter, swirling winds can be seen rampaging through a back garden with debris flying over high fences.
Menacing dark clouds could be seen closing in as an apocalyptic scene descended over the capital.
The video was accompanied by the caption: “Tornado in Barking, East London. WOW.”
In another clip, a number of collapsed trees are seen being dragged in the middle of a residential street by the strong gusts.
A fence shakes in the swirling winds
Wheelie bins are also decimated along with the pavements with rubbish being propelled against properties and parked cars.
A resident also captures the shocking moment the powerful winds trigger the front wall of a property to collapse, with broken bricks spread across the footpath.
He can be heard shouting: “The wall broke… the whole wall broke. Oh my god!”.
Sky News’ 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.”
The storms saw Kent and Essex cricketers at Chelmsford run for cover
Menacing clouds gathered over Barking
One local resident told Express.co.uk the storm had travelled three miles across the capital and heavy rains triggered localised flooding.
They said: “The storm has just got here and it’s coming down. A mate three miles away who got it before us said there was a river running down his road.
“The rain is really hammering down on our roof, it’s almost as loud as our voices.”
Barking and Dagenham Police said in a statement: “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…”
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Barking: The tornado hit at around 7pm today
Essex Weather Centre reported no injuries from the tornado.
The group wrote on Twitter: “Reports from the scene in Barking confirm three streets badly affected by the storm.
“Widespread structural damage to roofs, garden walls and cars. Fire service and police remain on the scene, with no reports of injuries.”
Shocked residents were later seen outside the front of their properties, with many holding brooms and helping with the clean-up operation.
The UK storm comes just a day after a tornado struck near the Czech Republic’s border with Austria causing widespread damage and a trail of devastation.
Footage from the Breclav region shortly after the twister struck shows roofs torn off buildings and cars wrecked by the violent torrent.
Austrian Red Cross sent ambulances to help survivors amid reports of five fatalities and 150 people left injured.
Red Cross spokesman Andreas Zenker said: “We have sent twelve ambulances and an emergency doctor vehicle to the area.
“Other units from the Weinviertel have already been alerted.”
The Czech Army was also deployed to the region.
The UK gets an average of 30 to 50 tornados a year according to scientists at the University of Manchester,
The most extreme can last around 10 minutes with wind speeds of around 145mph.
Berkshire is said to be Britain’s tornado hotspot, facing one of the weather phenomenons every 17 years on average.
The biggest most recent tornado in the UK hit Birmingham in 2005 and saw 1,000 trees uprooted and injured 19 people.
The tornado left damage costing around £40million.
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