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Local families worry about loved ones in the Philippines

Jeff Coward in Cebu, Philippines. (Source: Allison Phillips) Jeff Coward in Cebu, Philippines. (Source: Allison Phillips)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Families across the Midlands have been paying close attention to the weather in Southeast Asia as a typhoon hammers much of the region.  

The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shortly before Typhoon Haiyan's landfall said its maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).

Joe Richardson's sister and brother-in-law Chris and Amy Murray have lived in the country since the mid ‘90s.  

"They have started their own church and Bible College there in Bacolod City," Richardson said. "Their sending church here is Gantt Street Baptist in Cayce."

Richardson said he heard from them Thursday and they were waiting for the storm to arrive.

For Allison Phillips she said she's waiting to hear how her uncle is holding up.

Phillips, who lives in Lexington, says her uncle Jeff Coward has lived in Cebu since May.

 "I've been worried," Phillps said. 

Reports from the Philippines show heavy rain and winds beating down and palm trees bending.

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