We read article after article, watched video after video of the horrendous Super Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda if you're in the Philippines)-- it demolished Tacloban (along with many other towns). Tacloban is on the island of Leyte, which is close to Borongan on Eastern Samar (where J's family is at). It was crazy for us to think that just about 7 months ago we were walking in the streets of Tacloban. And now it's in ruins. We tried to find any news on Borongan. All we could find was that it was hit. But we don't know anything else.
I've contacted my cousin in Legazpi, which is on the main island of Luzon. She and the rest of my family are all ok. They weren't hit as bad.
My father-in-law has been trying to contact our family in Borongan. Our Uncle who is in Manila has also been trying. But we still haven't heard anything.
Please keep the people of the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers. We are worried about our family in Borongan and hoping we hear from them soon.
For more information & news on Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda):
Reports: Typhoon Haiyan kills up to 1,200 in Philippines
More than 100 killed in one Philippine city by Super Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan slams the Philippines
Super Typhoon Haiyan: Photos
Super typhoon Haiyan: Raw damage images and video from violent storm
Watch: Aerial footage of Tacloban City disaster
My heart is full of worry. I'm sending all my thoughts, prayers and good vibes to my Filipino people and especially our family.