Hawaii family loses home to Typhoon Haiyan

Published On: Nov 12 2013 06:04:00 PM HST

A local man who gave everything he has to help family members in the Philippines just found out they're still alive.

But everything else is gone.

He's now looking for new ways to help them all over again.

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"My tata, when he went back to his house, he said it looked like somebody nuked the place and he sat there and cried," said Jacob Petrosky.

The typhoon spared Petrosky's family's lives, but the storm took everything else from them.

To a family who didn't have much to begin with, the loss is that much more devastating.

"It's already sad. It's already hard. It's really hard to live there. You feel like you're camping," Petrosky said.

He and his wife tried to help by building a home for her parents. Now it is gone.

Petrosky said he already donated his entire savings to help the families in Ormoc, but it's not enough.

He created a website and support rolled in.

"My family is in shock," he said. "And they're just happy and shocked that people that don't know them care about them."

The funds are wired to his brother, David, in Cebu City, the nearest place with electricity and supplies. The brother delivers the funds and goods by ferry.

"They're telling us, 'We need water, we need food, we need supplies,'" Petrosky said.

Meanwhile, the destruction is still apparent with local stores completely wiped out.

"You wouldn't want to see it on anybody, but on the people of Ormoc, it's just that much worse," Petrosky said.

Donations to Petrosky's website have topped $4,000.

Super Typhoon  Haiyan survivors in Tacloban, Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan devastates the Philippines

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