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Texas Philippine families react to Typhoon Haiyan

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Thousands have been killed and millions more drastically affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, but the devastation has also impacted many Philippine families living in Central Texas.

Those affects can be felt inside Killeen’s Philippine Food Store. Owner Phil Carandang is still shocked by the images of devastation coming from across the world.

"Man you can't believe it, what's going on right now," he said. "Usually they have a typhoon out there and nothing happens."

The death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan is already close to 4,500 people, and estimates indicate that number could climb.

One customer of the Cuisine of the Philippines Restaurant in Killeen is from the area where the typhoon hit the hardest. She currently can’t reach any of her family or friends.

Her friends who work at the restaurant also feel her pain.

"By seeing her crying emotionally, it's affected me too because I've known her for quite a while,” restaurant owner Luz Chambers said. "Hopefully they will find their lost loved ones in the future."

Others in the Killeen community have stepped up to help.

"There's people I haven't even seen before that come in, they give me checks--like even $100,” Philippine Food Store co-owner Norman Carandang said.

Norman said he forwards the money to the Philippine Red Cross. If you would like to donate, visit ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP