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Local Filipinos worried about relatives in path of Typhoon Haiyan

NORTHWEST FLORIDA - There are a lot of worried loved ones in Northwest Florida this evening. Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties are home to nearly 7,000 people of Filipino descent.
Channel Three's Joe Douglass spoke with locals who have family members that were in the path of the storm.

The people I spoke with say they feel helpless and heartbroken as they watch the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, knowing their loved ones are caught up in it.

Fanny Schwerr got choked up as she talked about her concerns at the T and W Flea Market in Pensacola.

"It's just really...It's like I feel so bad about them, you know," Schwerr said.

She sighed, surrounded by people buying food and clothing, things that have become extremely scarce in the area where she was born in the Philippines.

"My baby brother is there," Schwerr said, "And my cousin is there."
Schwerr says she's heard through family members on Facebook that her relatives in the path of the storm are okay. But so far talking with them has been impossible because phone lines have been down.

"We're just only praying every day that people there are gonna be okay," Schwerr said.
Prayer is something Alan Mayorca is also doing a lot of. We spoke with him outside the Little Flower Catholic Church in Pensacola where several people of Filipino descent come to worship.

"I have no answers to see if my cousins or relatives are still alive," Mayorca said.
Mayorca attended a beauty pageant hosted by the Filipino-American Association of Pensacola Saturday night that was planned well before the typhoon hit. The event helped raise money for the storm's victims.

"We need...I need answers," Mayorca said, "And we really need prayers."

For information on how to help victims of the typhoon, click here.