Tornado: Strong Winds Hit Japan’s Shizuoka Pref; Man In Car Suffers Minor Injuries

Photo courtesy of a Shizuoka City resident
A tornado is seen near the Abe River in Shizuoka City on Tuesday morning.

SHIZUOKA — Strong winds hit Shizuoka City on Tuesday morning, causing a variety of damage.

Just after 11 a.m., powerful gusts overturned a small car in a store parking lot in the city’s Suruga Ward. A 50-something man inside the car suffered minor injuries.

A northward-moving tornado was observed along the nearby Abe River, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The vehicle might be hit by the tornado.

According to local authorities, robust gales dislodged roof tiles on six private homes, damaged exterior walls on an apartment building and caused power outages that affected around 2,170 homes.