Johnson City woman speaks after typhoon hits her homeland

POSTED: 3:49 PM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 5:25 PM Nov 11 2013
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Recovery efforts are underway in the Philippines after much of the island nation was hit by massive typhoon last week.

Up to 10,000 people are said to be dead in the Philippines as a result of the storm's landfall.

The U.S. expects an aircraft carrier with sailors and supplies to arrive within two days.

We spoke with a woman who is miles away from the epicenter of storm, but it’s affected by the storm devastation to a very familiar place.

"This is really bad," said Maria O'Hare.

Tears still come to O'Hare’s eyes when she looks at her computer and watches the devastation in the Philippines. "When I looked at the map of the epicenter of the storm I thought it would hit my area," said O'Hare.

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall just 50 miles away from her hometown. While she is more than 8,000 miles away from home, the pain of the tragedy still hits close to home as she reads the updates on Facebook.

O'Hare tells us that two of her friends who are from Johnson City were helping bring relief to the area before the storm hit. "She had not even finished her mission after the earthquake hit. She was distributing food and water there," said O'Hare.

Now, O'Hare’s friends are on a new mission to provide food and shelter to storm victims.

Mari Jackson is a friend of O'Hare’s and tells us that she was in the Philippines in August. "It was all ok and then just a few days, nights ago," said Mari Jackson. Everything changed then when the storm hit.

Jackson tells me that there is only one thing that can bring the needed relief. "We just pray, that’s what we can do," said Jackson.

O'Hare tells us she plans to organize a relief fundraiser in the coming days.