Storm rips off roofs in eastern Japan
TOKYO (AFP) - A apparent tornado hit eastern Japan on Wednesday, tearing off roofs and shattering windows, two days after twisters ripped through other parts of the region.
Television footage showed badly damaged houses in Yaita, north of Tokyo, some with their roofs peeled off.
Local rescuers had not received any reports of injuries about an hour after the winds smashed through the area, a local official said.
"The roof of a school gymnasium was torn off, and the power supply is cut off," he said. "Traffic lights are not working either."