As of 16:30hrs, there have been 271 arrests as part ofthe Metropolitan Police Service's major crackdown on thieves.
109 stolen handsets have been recovered.
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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.