MURRAY COUNTY, Okla. - Staring down an EF3 tornado, a Murray County teenager is alive, thanks to sturdy bathroom walls and sage advice from parents.
Daniel Parks has come a long way.
"He's been in special ed his whole life," said Angela, Daniel's adopted mother. "He's even had some time spent in psychiatric hospitals, because of the abuse from his parents."
Adopted by Angela and her family when he was 7 years old, Daniel's kept strong in his faith.
That faith, playing a key role on Monday, as the weather took a turn.
"I was thinking God would deliver me through this," Daniel said.
With mom away at work, Daniel was home alone, as a tornado tore through his neighborhood.
"I was on the couch right there, watching tv," he said. "Then my dad called and said go into the hallway and get something heavy."
Moments before the twister struck, a panicked cousin stopped by to check on Daniel.
The two cowered in the bathroom for 10 minutes.
"I hear glass breaking and the wind hitting on the walls," Daniel said. "My head was down, and my eyes were closed."
When the storm settled, Daniel crawled through the rubble to find his house had been leveled.
The only walls that remained were the only walls that had protected him and his cousin.
"When I pulled up, the walls standing were the ones where he was sheltered," Angela said. "To me, that's just God showing me I got you, I got what's important."
For Daniel, the incident is now a tale he relishes in telling.
For Angela, it's an opportunity to remind parents to always be prepared.
"Make sure your kids know ahead of time where to go, and it could save their lives," she said. "It did him."