PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - According to ABC, the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan has reached more than 900.
However, authorities fear it could climb to 10,000 or more.
Jonesboro resident Jayson Mirafuentes grew up in the Philippines and his entire family still lives there.
"When I heard typhoon, my heart just sunk and I knew something bad was going to happen," Mirafuentes said.
His family and friends are okay. Mirafuentes said they live in the northern part of the country so they missed the worst of the storm.
"Pretty scary because I still have memories of those type of storms and you're still talking about winds constantly over 100 mph," Mirafuentes said. "Their biggest challenge now is flooding."
However, many more were not so lucky. The central part, especially the city of Tacloban, was hit the hardest, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.
Mirafuentes said typhoons are a part of life in the Philippines, but never any like this.
"A typhoon is bad enough, but when you start talking super, Category-5 level, it's really unheard of," Mirafuentes said. "Imagine waking up and saying, 'Where's everything at?' That's how intense and serious this thing is."
Mirafuentes said Typhoon Haiyan consumed about 80 percent of Tacloban.
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