Back to back tornado killed at least 10 people in central and eastern China and left more than 300 injured, officials and state media said Saturday.
Local officials said six people died in the inner city of Wuhan and four in Shengjie City, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Jiangsu Province.
6 people killed, 190 injured in a tornado in northeastern China
According to the official Xinhua news agency, a tornado first hit Shengze around 7:00 pm Friday, destroying factory buildings and damaging power facilities. The Suzhou city government, which oversees the city, said in a social media post that four people were killed and 149 people were slightly injured. Shengze is located near Shanghai on the east coast of China.
The tornado then hit Wuhan at around 8:40 pm with a wind of 86 kilometers (53 miles) per hour, destroying more than two dozen homes and causing power outages affecting 26,600 households, Xinhua reported. The Wuhan government said six people died and 218 were injured.
Tornado hits northeast China due to extreme weather events
Tornado hits northeast China as extreme weather events – July 3, 2019
Xinhua reports that 27 houses collapsed in Wuhan and another 130 were damaged. The sheds on the construction site and two cranes were also damaged, and power lines were cut off due to broken power lines, the news agency reported.
The photos show a swarm of rescuers searching for debris in Wuhan after midnight Friday, and workers picking up metal debris at a factory in Shengjie in the morning.
Wuhan is the city where COVID-19 was first detected at the end of 2019.