Bay woman fears worst for her family in her homeland the Philippines

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - One woman in South Mississippi is paying close attention to the coverage of Super Typhoon Haiyan and its destruction. Teresa Fleming of Bay St. Louis still has family in the Philippines and has been unable to reach them since the storm.

The powerful images of the devastation left behind by typhoon Haiyan has Teresa Fleming's stomach in knots.

"That it's scary. They are so scary," said Fleming about the images.

She has a brother and three sisters who live in the home she grew up in, Samar, Philippines. That's not far from Tacloban. The hometown of former Filipino President and first lady Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.

Fleming said it's been three sleepless nights of watching, waiting and hoping for the best.

"That's why I can not sleep because I have no news from them. And I don't know what to do everytime I call over there, there is no signal, no connection at all," explained Fleming.

She said her nerves nearly shattered after she received storm information from a sister, who lives in North Carolina. Her sister gets network tv from the Philippines.

"She's been watching all day long on her Filipino channel and she said our area there, the house has been washed out. In Tacloban all the businesses are gone it's all gone," Fleming said.

No more grocery store, no more hospital. Even the high school is gone," said Fleming.

Her fears are heightened knowing her family home sat just feet from the ocean.

"Like ten steps to go to the water. That's how close," she said.

And she said she's not sure if her family evacuated, because the concrete home is usually used as a storm shelter by neighbors and other relatives.

"It's a very, very strong house, but it does not matter how strong it is if the typhoon is very powerful," she said. "They said that it's worse than Katrina like 200 and something miles an hour."

Fleming said she visited her homeland in July. The Katrina survivor knows her people will need a lot of help to recover.

Fleming said, "Food clothes and a place to stay. That's what's mostly needed. I was here for Katrina and we were in the streets and luckily people come and help us. I'm so worried I'm not going to be able to see them no more."

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