Tornadoes rip through Japan

Severe weather slammed into the suburbs of Tokyo on Monday injuring over 60 people.


A series of tornadoes has wreaked havoc in eastern Japan, destroying homes and injuring 63 people.

The severe weather was generated by a weather front which has remained over Japan over the last few days. This is the same system that absorbed the strength of Tropical Storm Kong-Rey, as it hurtled across the island of Honsu a few days ago.

Since then torrential rain has fallen across many parts of the country, and more destructive weather is expected in Japan in the next 24-48 hours.

Tropical Storm Toraji is expected to make landfall in southwest Japan around 12 GMT on Wednesday (9pm local time).