Passengers are facing serious disruption on two east London train lines after damage to overhead electric wires last night.

National Rail first reported a problem with the c2c line, which runs trains between Essex and central London, just after 5.30pm yesterday evening (April 15).

The operator said that there was damage to the overhead electric wires between Barking and Pitsea, and that customers should expect trains to be cancelled or delayed.

It comes as the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds across much of England, with gusts of over 40mph reported.

According to c2c, only essential travel is advised this morning (April 16), and disruption is not expected to clear until around 10am.

Replacement buses will be running between Upminster and Pitsea via Laindon, and Upminster to Grays via Ockendon.

Customers can also use their tickets on alternative routes run by Greater Anglia, London Overground and London Underground at no extra cost, or on bus routes 248 and 370.

Elsewhere, a tree caught on the overhead electric wires between Walthamstow Central and Wood Street has completely shut the Overground line between Liverpool Street and Chingford.

The incident took place shortly after 5pm last night, and disruption is expected until midday today.

Customers have been advised to travel on local bus routes instead.