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PINEVILLE, N.C. -- Charlotte-area Filipino families are worried as they try to reach family in the Philippines, with no luck in the hardest-hit areas.

Charlotteans like Elsa Laffitt are watching news reports on the internet to find out anything they can.

Laffitt's mother, Dominga Francisco, 80, lives in Albuera -- about two hours from the hardest-hit area, Tacloban.

Laffitt has not been able to reach her mother or any other family members since Typhoon Yolanda hit Friday morning, Philippine time.

All lines of communication appear to be down.

I can't even imagine, said Laffitt of what her family must be going through.

I can't go sleep. I can't think. I don't know what to do and I was so worried, she continued. I tried to contact my aunt ... and she said she tried but we cannot get hold because all the line was down.

The Filipino-American Community of the Carolinas has started sharing contact information on its Facebook site, FACC.

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