Published: Nov 14, 2013 8:30 AM EST
Updated: Nov 14, 2013 12:46 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Images of the devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan continue to roll in, and some can be heartbreaking.

More than 2,000 people are confirmed dead, but that number could go higher as crews continue to explore other areas in the disaster zone.

It's estimated 11.5 million people in the Philippines were impacted in some way by the storm, but the story is hits close to home for WINK News.

Reporter Vanessa Ruffes has family in the devastated area, and is getting updates through the limited means of communication available.

International aid is starting to pour and relief organizations are calling for help in the recovery effort.

In an address to the American people Thursday afternoon, President Obama is directing those wanting to contribute to look at the various ways at