A tornado hit the city of Koshigaya in Saitama Prefecture Monday afternoon, leaving houses and buildings damaged. In Chiba Prefecture, a gust also caused damage to properties. At least 27 people also sustained minor injuries because of the incident. Both prefectures of Chiba and Saitama issued tornado warning at 2:11 PM.
It was five minutes past two in the afternoon when a tornado hit Koshigaya on Monday. Residents reported that roofs were carried off houses while electric poles collapsed. A car and truck were also left almost covered with debris from a house that was hit by the tornado. Some schools where left with shattered window glass, while a warehouse was uprooted from its place. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) even had to cut power supply of about 30,000 households in Saitama Prefecture.
Around 20 junior high school students in Koshigaya were injured while playing volleyball when the gust took place. In Sakuraiminami Elementary School, two boys in the third grade were also injured when the school’s windows were smashed by flying debris. Koshigaya’s fire department is now “preparing evacuation shelters, while also readying emergency supplies.” In Chiba Prefecture, a gust also hit the city of Noda. Twenty households were left without roofs while 6,200 households were temporarily cut off with power supply. Japan has also been hit with heavy rains and scourging heat this summer.