A weather warning is in place until 2am tomorrow for thunderstorms.

The Met Office is warning that heavy thunderstorms are very likely.

An amber weather warning is in place for Colchester, Braintree and Witham areas.

People are warned that flooding is likely and will happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

The warning adds that power cuts are likely and roads may have to close due to difficult driving conditions.

In South Essex, a less serious yellow warning is in place.

This means there could be flooding and power cuts.