Liz Riffert says her cousin, Adam, and his wife, Anna, currently live in the Philippines, in Cebu. Riffert says the couple moved there about a year ago.
When the typhoon hit, Riffert says she and her family in Evansville were immediately concerned and it didn't help that they knew they would have to wait to hear from the couple through email or Facebook.
Riffert says Adam emailed them early Monday morning, saying that right now, they are safe. The power was out for some time, but there was no harm done to their home.
However, nearby neighbors did see some damages like broken windows and missing roofs.
Riffert says it's hard being this far away from family, especially during times like this.
"It was stressful and frightening not knowing what's going to happen when they're on the other side of the world. The only contact you have is via Facebook or email, which are pretty reliant on having power," Riffert shared.
She says Anna's parents live in Leyte, one of the harder hit areas. Now, Adam and Anna are traveling there by ship to deliver supplies to them and eventually help them get to a safer area.
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