Video has been captured of a tornado in the skies above the Duston area close to Northampton. It was spotted at around 12.15pm.
There are reports on social media of damage to nearby houses with roof tiles being blown off and trees damaged as the twister swept through.
The Met Office confirmed that weather conditions in the area suggest it was a tornado.
This video was captured by ITV News viewer Shaun Whitcombe
Tornadoes form as a spiralling column of air descends from the base of a thunderstorm cloud.
It starts as a funnel cloud which can extend all the way to the ground and then becomes a tornado.
Click below to watch a computer animation of the Met Office rainfall radar at the time of the tornado. The brighter colours indicate the heaviest downpours.
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The aurora borealis is caused by charge particles from the sun interacting with the atmosphere and is normally only seen in countries much closer to the North Pole.
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There was damage to at least one home at Winfarthing near Diss today.
One family came home to find what they believe may have been a mini tornado had struck their home.
As well as high winds in places there was also some torrential downpours.
Drains were overflowing, cars were struggling and passers by were getting absolutely drenched.
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Yellow and amber warnings are in force for heavy rain as thunderstorms approach the East of England from the near continent this evening.
The amber warning is in force until 21:00 this evening and covers southern parts of Essex and the south East of England.
The Met Office Chief Meteorologist warns:
Another pulse of thundery activity from France will extend across the area this afternoon and evening. The ground remains saturated from earlier heavy rain, and the high water loading in the atmosphere means that more than 30 mm in an hour or less could well occur locally.
Elsewhere, a yellow warning is in force until late Friday because of the risk of further heavy rain overnight and into Friday afternoon:
Localised thunderstorms may also develop across south east England and East Anglia during Friday late afternoon and evening, these potentially giving 15-25 mm of rain in an hour.
The environment agency are also urging people to be careful not to drive through floodwater and for campers and holidaymakers to check the flood risk for their area.
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Following a dry summer so far, the gardens are in need of a decent spell of rain. But that may be little consolation to anyone with outdoor plans this Friday, which could end up as the wettest day of the summer (and the year) so far in the Anglia region.
Weather prediction models are now in agreement that most places will suffer from a prolonged spell of wet and cold weather to end the first week of the school holidays.
There is currently a yellow weather warning in place which the Met Office was considering upgrading to amber.
There remains some uncertainty over the extent and the scale of the heaviest rainfall.
It is expected than many places in East Anglia will see 30 mm (1.2 inches) of rain but there is a risk that some places will see more than 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rain during Friday. That amounts to more than a month's worth of rain.
If this happens, it would be the wettest day so far this year in the Anglia region.
The Met Office says there is a small risk that one or two spots could see rainfall totals as high as 90 mm (3.5 inches) in 12 hours. That would be nearly two months of average rain.
A Met Office warning has been issued because that amount of rain could cause localised flooding and affect outdoor events and busy roads.
Winds will increase overnight, especially near the coast and could gust to 60 mph which is very strong for the time of year
Met Office Yellow Weather Warning
Valid from 1200hrs on Friday 24 July until 1100hrs on Saturday 25 July
The Met Offices says areas of rain, often heavy, and strengthening winds will cross much of southern England on Friday, persisting overnight in the east, before clearing on Saturday morning.
This is an update of Thursday's warning, advising of an increased likelihood of localised flooding, especially across southeast England and East Anglia, where the warning may yet be escalated to Amber. These areas are also most likely to be affected by northerly gales, with winds gusting to 45 mph inland and around 55 mph along coasts.
The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, particularly affecting those travelling or engaged in outdoor holiday activities.
The Met Office Chief Meteorologist says: "An area of low pressure will run northeastwards close to southern England on Friday, deepening into quite an intense feature for the time of year, before clearing to the east early on Saturday."
"While there remain some uncertainties in the track and intensity of this low pressure system, there is now an increased probability of a developed feature bringing disruptive rain and wind, particularly across the east of the area.
"More than 30 mm is expected quite widely but with the likelihood now that some areas could well see more than 70 mm of rain. The combination of factors brings the risk of disruption to outdoor activities and heavy holiday traffic.
"This warning may still be updated later on Friday, as further information becomes available.