Chinese restaurant owner rides out Oklahoma tornado in walk-in freezer
MOORE, Oklahoma (AFP) - For years, Anita Zhang's neighbours joked that if a tornado ever bore down on her Chinese restaurant, folks could take refuge in its roomy walk-in freezer.
On Monday, Ms Zhang got the chance to test their idea - and to live to tell the tale - when one of the most powerful and destructive twisters to hit the United States in recent years ripped through this Oklahoma City suburb.
"I'm so lucky," she said, over and over, as she told her story to AFP through an interpreter on Tuesday in the driveway of her home in another section of Moore that escaped the tornado's raw fury.
A native of Guangdong, the southern Chinese province that's no stranger to merciless typhoons, 57-year-old Zhang emigrated to the United States 10 years ago with other members of her family.