Many New Yorkers of Filipino heritage are trying to contact friends and love ones in the Philippines, where more than 10,000 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Parts of the Woodside section of Queens are dubbed Little Manila, and that's where many New Yorkers of Filipino heritage were gathered, waiting and worrying as they tried to reach friends and relatives back home.
Many of the communication systems in central parts of the Philippines like Cebu Iloilo and Tacloban are down.
Officials in Queens said they'll be providing information on how New Yorkers can help relief efforts once the full scope of the devastation becomes clearer.
Sustained winds of between 150 and 190 miles per hour were reported as the storm cut through several central islands.
Storm surges are reported to have caused water levels to rise to 20 feet.
The United States has offered military support in the nation's recovery efforts.
Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable and The Filipino Channel have teamed up to make the network available to Time Warner Cable's digital customers at no extra cost through November 15.
The cable provider agreed to make the network available to help Filipinos connect to news and information about recovery efforts.
Time Warner Cable is the parent company of NY1.