(Scroll down for video) A woman was rescued from a deadly tornado after she fell asleep on the couch rather than in her bed, according to press reports.
The woman of Alabama, said Friday, that she fell asleep on the couch and did not realize that a tornado had ripped part of her roof and damaged most of the house, until firefighters and neighbors came to check on her.
Betty Russell, who turned 77 year old, said that she slept through the violent storm Thursday night, after she fell asleep on the couch watching TV. She was awakened by sirens of rescuers in the area.
"I did not know that I was such a heavy sleeper," she said. "I was asleep in the south side of my house and honestly, I did not hear anything. I cannot believe that I did not hear it but I did not," she said.
Russell went threw her debris covered house and looked at the hole in the ceiling of her bedroom, where she usually sleeps.
"There is a big hole right where my bed is," her grandson, Scott Russell, 13, said. "She usually goes to
sleep in that room, but for some reason she did not this time, and she was saved."
As passersby stopped to see the huge trees that crashed into the house and a smashed neighbor's SUV, the Russell family quietly saved what they could and marveled that she was not wounded.
"She really was awakened by sirens and did not know what happened until the fireman escorted her outside," her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Russell, said.
"We are so thankful that she is okay. She is a strong woman and she is definitely a role model," she added.