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Japan tornado damage

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A tornado hit cities near Tokyo on Monday, injuring at least 64 people and damaging more than 600 houses and schools.

The tornado struck Koshigaya and Matsubushi in Saitama Prefecture, as well as Noda in Chiba Prefecture. Both prefectures are next to Tokyo.

Police and city officials say the tornado damaged more than 600 buildings. It tore off the roof of a gym at a junior high school in Koshigaya.

Meteorologists have issued a preliminary analysis of the tornado. They've placed it as a level 1 on a scale from 0 to 5.

An agency official said the findings were based on footage and reports from the area. He said a level-1 tornado features winds of about 120 to 175 kilometers per hour.

Experts at the agency and Land Ministry say damage was not consistently recorded across the area. They said that might be because the tornado altered its proximity to the ground as it traveled.

Some people in the affected areas are still without electricity.

About 90 people spent the night in 5 temporary shelters in Koshigaya.

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