Dozens of people were hurt after apparent tornadoes tore through two cities near Tokyo, leaving destruction in their wake.
In Koshigaya city in Saitama Prefecture, exceptionally strong winds knocked over power lines, tore roofs off homes, and littered the streets with debris on Monday afternoon.
Six homes were totally destroyed in Saitama and dozens more were partially damaged. At least 63 people were injured. One was in serious condition after suffering a broken bone, police in Saitama reported.
Nearly half an hour later, the tornado hit nearby Noda in Chiba Prefecture.
Roofs were torn off and a storehouse was blown away in Noda although no injuries were reported. Almost 31,500 households were left without power in Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures after the winds died down.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said volunteers will be dispatched to the two cities to survey damage.
By: Maesie Bertumen
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