POSTED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 5:58pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:57am
HARLINGEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A deadly typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday in the city of Tacloban claiming the lives of thousands.
Jerome Escalona lives in Harlingen. He is originally from the Philippines. His dad, brother, and sister still live there in downtown Tacloban, where the typhoon struck.
Escalona says he got very worried after not hearing from his family for several days following the typhoon.
"I barely slept, Friday morning when it hit I could not concentrate at work, I kept tab on the internet hoping they would log in, hopefully they would put a message, nothing Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and finally Monday they were able to call us, and we called them back make sure everything is ok."said Escalona.
Since then Escalona and his wife Amor have been in constant contact with family members.
Escalona says his family fled to a hotel during the typhoon.
He says his family is ok, but they did sustain some cuts and their house was damaged from the typhoon.
"Our house is still intact, our roof is partially gone, the water level went up to the ceiling, that's what my brother said that's why they are trying to clean up everything, their clothes are wet everything is wet."said Escalona.
Escalona says he is trying to encourage his family to stay 60 miles out of Tacloban at his wife's family's home.
For now Escalona's family says they are staying in Tacloban, and trying clean their home.