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Mid-State Man Finally Hears From His Fiance in the Philippines after the Typhoon--Mikayla Lewis

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SMYRNA, Tenn.--Typhoon Haiyan left little ways to communicate in the Philippines. Power is out, trees are down and homes are washed away.  Nathanial Porter's fiance is a native and still lives on the Island of Letye and he did not hear from her once the storm hit.

Nathanial Porter said, "It's difficult because there's the uncertainty of not knowing what's going on..."

Porter heard from his fiance, Estrella at 4 A.M. today.

Porter said, " I woke up and I saw that I had a text message and saw that it was from the Philippines from my fiance."

Estrella and her three children took refuge at her sister's house on higher ground in the province of Mahaplag, 50 miles south of Tacloban. Through the devastation, Estrella was able to make it into to town to contact her future husband.

Porter explained, "She was just very excited that they were alive. And I don't know what to say... it was just so exciting."

Porter visited the Philippines and Estrella in July. During his trip, he grew close to Estrella's church, family and friends who are all dealing with a lack of food and water.

Porter said, "It's really important that we help them because a lot of people will stay on the island and they will want to rebuild their lives."

The American Red Cross is doing their part working with the the Philippines Red Cross. The organization is sending two disaster relief specialists. As always, the Red Cross is collecting funds to send relief to the devastated areas.

 Beth Toll with the American Red Cross said, "It's so important for us to understand how bad the devastation is and how much those gifts can help folks recover."

Porter is also looking into sending funds to his fiance and her town to help recover, while holding onto their last text message.

Porter said, "The text message says 'God is good' and I think that says a whole of about the strength of the people there."

Anyone who is unable to reach loved ones in the Philippines can contact their local Red Cross for help. The organization activated their family tracing services this week.

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