Singaporean national bowler Jazreel Tan, 22, who is studying in Wichita, Kansas, had to run down to the basement as the sirens sounded.
Miss Tan, who is on a Singapore Sports Council scholarship, was at home with her friends when the tornado struck on Saturday at 6pm.
She was terrified but prepared. She and her friends focused on watching the news and using their laptops while waiting out the tornado.
They waited for five hours till it was safe to come back out, and were relieved to see their house still standing, barring some minor damage.