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Dozens injured after tornado hits eastern Japan

Local residents walk under a downed electricity pole after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents walk under a downed electricity pole after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Firefighters and policemen check damaged houses after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Firefighters and policemen check damaged houses after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man steps over a downed electricity pole fallen across a street as people clean up debris after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man steps over a downed electricity pole fallen across a street as people clean up debris after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Men remove debris from the roof of a house damaged by a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Men remove debris from the roof of a house damaged by a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Local residents clean debris as a broken utility pole lies across a street after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents clean debris as a broken utility pole lies across a street after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents look at downed electricity poles and damaged homes after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents look at downed electricity poles and damaged homes after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A police officer walks past houses damaged by a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A police officer walks past houses damaged by a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Downed electricity poles and wires cover a street next to damaged houses after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Downed electricity poles and wires cover a street next to damaged houses after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents walk under a downed electricity pole after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents walk under a downed electricity pole after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents walk under collapsed electricity poles after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents walk under collapsed electricity poles after a tornado tore though Koshigaya in Saitama prefecture, suburban Tokyo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
An aerial view shows damaged houses caused by a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS / KYODO
An aerial view shows damaged houses caused by a tornado in Koshigaya, north of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Monday, Sept 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS / KYODO
A tornado is seen over Koshigaya City, Saitama prefecture on Monday, Sept 2, 2013, in this photo taken by Koshigaya City resident Atsuko Miyazaki. Several dozen people were injured when a tornado ripped through parts of eastern Japan on Monday,
A tornado is seen over Koshigaya City, Saitama prefecture on Monday, Sept 2, 2013, in this photo taken by Koshigaya City resident Atsuko Miyazaki. Several dozen people were injured when a tornado ripped through parts of eastern Japan on Monday, tearing off roofs and uprooting buildings. -- PHOTO: REUTERS / ATSUKO MIYAZAKI

TOKYO (AFP) - Several dozen people were injured when a tornado ripped through parts of eastern Japan on Monday, tearing off roofs and uprooting buildings.

Footage aired by public broadcaster NHK showed a number of homes destroyed, schools with shattered windows and a warehouse that had been lifted from its foundations and hurled into other buildings in Koshigaya city, north of Tokyo.

At least 27 people were injured in the city alone, local police said, without elaborating on the severity of the injuries.

NHK said a few dozen people were taken to hospital, all with minor injuries.

"We are preparing evacuation shelters, while also readying emergency supplies," said an official of the fire department in Koshigaya.

The electricity supply was cut for some 30,000 households in Saitama prefecture, probably after lightning hit the area, according to utility Tokyo Electric Power which provides power in the area.