Woman Sleeps Through Tornado That Tears Off Her Roof

A woman sleeps through a tornado in Alabama as it bears down on her home, ripping off the roof of her home while she lay oblivious on the couch.

The Alabama woman said Friday that she fell asleep on the couch, and remained sleeping as a tornado approached and bore down on her neighborhood, The Associated Press reported. It ultimately ripped off part of her roof and caused widespread damage to the home.

The 76-year-old woman who sleeps through the tornado, Betty Russell, said she was watching television on the sofa when she fell asleep. It wasn’t until she heard sirens from rescuers in the area that she woke up.

“I didn’t know I was that heavy a sleeper,” she said. “It had caved in the south side of my house and honestly I didn’t hear it. I cannot believe I didn’t hear it but I didn’t.”

The woman was lucky that she chose to sleep on the couch. The tornado ripped a hole in the ceiling directly above her bed, right where she normally sleeps.

“There is a huge hole right where her bed is,” her grandson, Scott Russell, 13, said. “She usually goes to sleep in that bedroom, but for some reason she didn’t do it this time and she was saved.”

Betty Russell said she isn’t sure when she’ll get to starting the repairs on her roof, and is getting ready to leave for Colorado to spend Christmas with her family.

The outcome could have been much worse. As The Associated Press noted, the tornado cut a path of destruction that toppled trucks and blew down oak trees in the Mobile area. The tornado was listed as an EF-1 with winds between 86 and 109 miles per hour.

The woman who sleeps through the tornado said she is incredibly grateful and credits her safety to her two guardian angels — her husband and son, who both died at different times within a few weeks of Christmas.