Super-typhoon hits local family

Super-typhoon hits local family »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- The super-typhoon that hit the Philippines has also hit home for a Kennewick mom. Her son has been there studying abroad.

She spent the last three-days frantically trying to reach her son -- while hearing up to ten-thousand people may be dead.

"I just said, 'be safe, I love you, I'm going to bed.' he says, 'I love you mommy, goodnight," says Tina Makinson.

It was the last thing she said before she signed off with her 23-year old son before Typhoon Haiyan knocked out all communications.

From there, watched the utter destruction unfold before her eyes.
Not knowing if her son, Sebastian, was okay.

"I would just search and search, like -- missing persons, we registered his name on the US embassy, and we put him on the Red Cross list. Just looking at pictures seeing if we could find him in the back ground," she says.

After three days of hitting brick walls -- Tina got the email she'd been waiting for.

Her son was okay.

"I got all excited, just goosebumps and all excited. Like yay!" she says.

She was even able to reach him via Skype. Sebastian is now on his way home. He rode out the storm in a concrete building. A harrowing experience for his entire family.

"Sometimes, yeah, I had thoughts, you know. It's like, well, could be dead, could be alive--what do I do? There's nothing I can do--hope for the best and pray," Tina says.

Sebastian even sent these sobering photos of the typhoon's aftermath.

The 23-year-old explained how a flying nail went through his foot while he was helping other people to safety.

He'll be okay -- and Tina says he won't be going anywhere for a while.

"It's the most frightening thing ever. I don't ever want to go through this again with my children. They're staying safe in the United States," Tina added.

Officials in the Philippines estimate more than ten-thousand people were killed by the storm.