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      Typhoon Haiyan having an impact in the Midlands

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Elvie and Serafin Padding are from the town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, one of many areas in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

      As a result of the category five storm, it has been hard for the Padding's to reach their loved ones with most communication lines in Guiuan damaged.

      "It's something you don't realize until it happens to you," said Serafin Padding.

      "For us just to call them just to see how they are doing, if they're alive, we still have no contact," said Elvie Padding.

      Elvie is hoping that what she has seen on Facebook is true. Her friends have been posting that her sister, cousin, and nephews are all alive.

      "Our minds and thoughts are with the people that are having trouble as we speak," said Serafin.

      Typhoons in Guiuan are nothing new, they can sometimes happen up to three times a year.

      Typhoon Haiyan packed heavy rain and wind.

      Edith Barker, Elvie's sister, explains the aftermath of the storm is worse than a warzone.

      Haiyan has left many homeless, hungry, and desperate for help.

      "People are begging for food, medicine, and drinks among other things, " said Grace Collins.

      Edith, Serafin, and Grace plan to open a bank account for the Typhoon relief later in the week.

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