WGN Morning News reporter Ana Belaval's family lives in Puerto Rico, and they spoke to WGN-TV by phone Wednesday as Hurricane Irma heads in their direction.
"The sky is already dark, and it's starting to get windy," Anavi Belaval said Wednesday morning. She and her husband Mario say they are expecting it to be the worst hurricane they've seen.
"Everybody's just kind of going home and waiting. That's the weird thing -- you want this to be over, but you fear the consequences," Ana's brother Mario said.
Puerto Rico's governor is warning that the effects of Hurricane Irma could be catastrophic, calling the storm more dangerous even than Hurricane Harvey, which recently devastated Houston.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said that the "dangerousness of this system" has never been seen in Puerto Rico.
In his words: "It is much more dangerous than Harvey. The results could be catastrophic and devastating."
Rossello says the winds of the Category 5 storm will lash Culebra island around dawn Wednesday and move to Puerto Rico shortly afterward. He says the U.S. territory's northeast coast will feel the brunt.