Millions of caterpillars have turned a cemetery into a ghostly scene in Southend-on-Sea.
The harmless bird cherry ermine moth caterpillars have created web-like nests which cover entire trees leaving local people bewildered.
This video shows what happens when the creatures set up home on a tree.
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is backing the scheme.
A spokesperson said the lightning strikes had left the "aircraft fuelling system unavailable."
Nearly 1,000 properties have been left without power, and road users have been warned of potentially hazardous conditions.