Ashland Man Worries For Family Hit By Typhoon Haiyan

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, November 8 2013 at 10:50 PM, Updated: Fri, November 8 2013 at 11:21 PM

Anthony Olegario from Ashland got word late Friday night that his mother in the Philippines is safe.

Watching from a world away it's hard to imagine what it was like to be on the ground when typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.

But Anthony Olegario is watching while his family suffers through it.

"I'm very concerned," says Olegario.

Winds gusts 200 miles per hour hit the northern region of Manila where Olegario's mother lives. 

"It's being called the strongest tropical cyclone on earth ever to make landfall. A lot of typhoons happen multiple times in the Philippines a year but this one I hear that its one of the largest ones this year" says Olegario. 

He's trying to stay connected to his family through social media

"Usually I hear a lot of things through e-mail or Facebook we have kind of a family e-mail list and I haven't heard a whole lot on there."

The typhoon which hit Friday has left thousands stranded and already killed 100 people in one city alone. Power is out and communication is down in much of the country leaving Olegario to watch and wait a world away. 

"If there's heavy danger and it would help for e to be down there then i would go down there."

 Haiyan is now making it's way to Vietnam. It's expected to hit landfall there on Sunday.

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

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