The storm was thousands of miles away, but the aftermath is felt right here in the Tri-State. An Evansville woman anxiously awaits any word on the fate of her brother and his family.
Her brother, his wife, and their three children were on the islands were Haiyan hit. Now, Mariane Caballes-Cox shares home videos of her last trip to the Philippines, all while wondering if it was the last time she will ever see her brother and his family.
Thousands feared dead, survivors desperately seeking aid, Typhoon Haiyan is being called the 'strongest tropical cyclone' in recorded history. After the storm battered the Philippines thousands of miles away, the devastation strikes again, to a family right here in the Tri-State. "It's so hard when you're just sitting here and not able to do anything. It's just horrifying to think about it," says Mariane Caballes-Cox. She sits at home in Evansville knowing most of her family members in the Philippines are safe. She's heard from all of them, except one. "The only one that we are really hoping and praying for is my brother, Martin, his wife, and three children," says Mariane.
She shares home videos filled with memories of her brother and his family during their last visit to the Philippines. "Every time I see pictures and videos, it just breaks my heart. I just start crying. I cant do anything," says Mariane.
She says water and ruins now take the place of the area her brother lived. "It's just mixed feelings of relief, and also worry with the other ones." At the chance her brother's family survived the storm, this sister leaves her message of hope.
Mariane says her aunt in the Philippines has been staying in contact, sharing any updates.