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Local Filipinos pray for loved ones in path of super typhoon

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded is slamming into the Philippines, setting off landslides, knocking out power and cutting communications in the country's central region. At least four people have died.

And here at home, prayers are being said for loved one in the storm's path.

Hundreds of thousands are seeking refuge from this deadly storm, many of them still reeling from a major earthquake there just one month ago.

As super typhoon Haiyan -- one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever -- barrels across the central islands of the Philippines -- Filipino-Americans here in San Diego, including at St. Michael Catholic church in Paradise Hills are coming together to show support.

"I am very very concerned..."

Father Bernard Ranoa of St. Michael has family on the Filipino island of Bohol, still recovering from last month's devastating earthquake, which killed more than 220 and left hundreds of thousands homeless and now seeking refuge from the unpredictable storm. 

"They are evacuating to the public schools -- but the public schools are also affected by the earthquake -- so its still vulnerable, very vulnerable," he said. 

Already, at least four people have lost their lives to the typhoon, which forced tens of thousands of Filipinos to relocate ahead of its arrival. 

Jonathan Quinn is originally from the island of Cebu, one of the most vulnerable areas as the storm slams ashore. 

He is trying to keep in constant contact with his relatives back home. 

"Last we checked it was 193 miles per hour -- and everybody is kind of locking down right now," he said. 

Quinn says he expects his community to weather this deadly storm and its uncertain aftermath together. 

"You know, we're a poor people -- so everybody shares -- everybody helps out and shares in the community..."

St. Michael Catholic church has already been sending massive amounts of needed supplies -- as well as money raised by the community -- to victims of that earthquake last month. 

Church members say they expect to rally the same way for any victims of this super typhoon. 

Every year, the Philippines endure an average of 20 typhoons.

Just last December, typhoon Bopha hit the southern island of Mindanao killing as many as 1,900 people.

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