LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

As many as 10,000 people may be dead in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 

The storm packed winds up to 170-miles an hour when it hit land on Friday. It's possibly the strongest storm to ever make landfall. 

On Monday, recovery efforts were underway, which included search and rescue and bringing supplies like food and water to survivors. 

A UW-La Crosse professor was born and raised in the Philippines. A lot of her family and friends still live in the country and she said it's been tough getting in contact with loved ones like her mother. 

"I called and the first time through it rang seven times; nobody was answering,” said Cecilia Manrique, UW-L’s the Political Science and Public Administration Department chair. “Then the second time through it rang four times and then my mother answers, I go 'What a relief! Mom are you okay?' She goes 'Why shouldn't I be okay?' I said 'Well, this is the second time I've called, my two siblings have called,' She goes, 'It never rang.'"