Tornado touches down in Japan on Monday
Police in northern Japan found several cars damaged and displaced after responding to a call from a resident reporting a tornado Monday afternoon.
The caller said that strong winds had blown away a vehicle.
Police found a parked car overturned and the bumper of another in a distant parking lot.
No injuries have been reported.
An eyewitness said that a tornado came out of nowhere. The woman said it blew a car skyward to the height of power lines and pounded her building in a noisy storm of gravel.
Several people in the city of Akita witnessed funnel-like winds that appeared to be a tornado.
A tornado warning had been issued for Akita Prefecture at the time.
The local weather observatory has dispatched officials to the site to find out what happened.