Typhoon Haiyan has killed potentially thousands of victims in the Philippines – a storm that could be historic in terms of its strength and sheer force. Parts of the Philippines are completely cut off – no electricity, no means of communication, and no way to tell the true devastation of the typhoon.
A friend of Fox 9's Paul Blume who lives in the Philippines and hasn't been cut from Internet communication spoke to Fox 9 News about the devastation that's struck his home of 3 years.
Corey Froelich says he was spared the worst from his vantage point. He lives about 100 to 150 miles away from where the eye of the storm slammed into shore, tearing a path of destruction across the country of islands.
"When you see stuff on the news around the world, for some Americans, it is out of sight, out of mind. But knowing people directly affected and they are unsure of the safety of their families. It certainly hits close to home," he said.
Like so many meteorologists around the globe, Fox 9's Steve Frazier was tracking the storm from his perch in the Fox 9 Weather Center. Frazier says it's a top 10 storm in history, but many of these storms are out over open water. What makes this one unique is it's one of the strongest to make landfall.
Some 750,000 people in the Philippines were forced to evacuate their homes to find emergency shelter, but Froelich says with a modest infrastructure, he's not sure how people in the direct path of the super typhoon would have survived.
"I do know the shelters I saw on the news weren't even able to sustain those wind gusts. So a lot of shelters were having their roofs ripped off," he said.