Family of local men among devastation of typhoon Haiyan


by Johnny Archer

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Super typhoon Haiyan’s devastating power leaves much of the Philippines crippled.

Steven Murray and Dave Rittenhouse are on the other side of the world in Louisville but both had their wife and children in the Philippines where they are from when the storm hit.

Officials estimate there could be as many as 10,000 people dead.

“It’s crazy because I’ve been to Ormoc and I’ve seen some pictures and videos and the stuff that’s going on there and it’s destroyed,” Steven Murray said. 

With communication limited, it was a sense of relief when Murray was able to talk to his wife by phone after three days nearly went by.

“From what she had said in the text and phone, food is hard to come by. Prices have doubled and a lot of families don’t have food or shelter,” he said.

Murray’s family is about 65 miles west of Tacloban where the eye of the storm wen’t right through.

Rittenhouse’s family is about 526 miles north where they experienced only gusty winds.

“But her family where she was born is in Antique. So far still no word from them yet,” he said.

It’s a problem thousands of other people are having as relief efforts get underway.

Now thousands of people are preparing in Vietnam as Typhoon Haiyan makes its way westward.

The Louisville organization Water-Step held emergency meetings during the weekend to figure out how to help with relief efforts.

We’re told they will make an announcement about their decision on Monday.