Family braces for the impact of Typhoon Haiyan

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - Charlene Johnston's eyes are glued. She sits anxiously as typhoon Haiyan moves closer and closer to the family she loves.

"It's just sad to think about how they would deal with the devastation," said Johnston.

Her mother moved to the states years ago but she left behind dozens of brothers and sisters.

Aunts and uncles of Charlene, now facing a major catastrophe.

"It's terrible to even try to put myself in their shoes and wonder what are they going to do," she said.

On average, 20 typhoons hit the Philippine's every year. Something Charlene's mom is quite used to.

"She talks about typhoons like they're just thunderstorms," she said.

But this storm is different and it could spell disaster.

"Houses are made out of cinder blocks and they all sleep on little mats on the floor," Johnston said to News 12's Patrick Price.

Offering little protection from something like this. A scary thought for Charlene who's thousands of miles away.

"It's hard to wrap my head around," said Johnston.

There's nothing she can do but watch, wait, and worry.

"I think all they know to do is just to do what they can, with what they have," she said.

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