Tornadoes tear through eastern Japan, dozens injured
Utility poles fall over a road after a tornado in Koshigaya city, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP / Kyodo News)
Published Monday, September 2, 2013 8:00AM EDT
TOKYO -- Tornadoes tore through eastern Japan on Monday, leaving dozens of people injured, at least one seriously, and destroying some buildings.
Police in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, say that 63 people were reported injured. Details of their injuries were not immediately available.
Kyodo News reported that the tornadoes toppled power lines, blew roofs off homes and sent debris flying, smashing windows at an elementary school.
Six homes were totally destroyed in Saitama, while 83 were partially damaged, police said.
Tornadoes also struck other nearby areas, such as Chiba Prefecture.