In their forecast discussion, the BWS said, "Moderate east-southeasterly winds Tuesday morning will gradually increase moderate to strong in the evening as Hurricane Florence - by then expected to be a category 4 storm, passes it's closest point of approach 300nm to our south".
In North Carolina, more than 250,00 people are set to be evacuated today from the northern Outer Banks. The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster".
For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods and mudslides across a region getting lots of rain recently.
Governor Kenneth Mapp has called a 10:00 a.m. press conference for Tuesday at Government House on St. Croix, to address the territory relative to Tropical Storm Isaac and the government's preparedness efforts.
"Florence is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.
According to N.H.C., at 5:00 a.m. today the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 48.1 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 14 miles per hour (22 km/h).
The storm is still days away from landfall, and the forecast track will probably change at least a little.
Hurricanes Florence, Isaac and Helene are all gaining strength as they churn through warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean towards eastern U.S. states and Caribbean islands.
A BWS spokesman said: Bermuda should remain outside the radius of tropical storm force winds and the only significant impact is expected to be rough to very rough southeasterly swells which could create hazardous rip currents, especially along the South Shore..
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Hurricanes need warm ocean water to form, so hurricane season comes when the Atlantic Ocean is at its warmest. The video also includes still images from NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, who photographed the storm from the ISS. The rapidly intensifying storm could strike a direct and unsafe blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4.
There are no coastal warnings or watches associated with the storm.
The largest U.S. Marine Corps base on the East Coast, Camp Lejeune and its extensive beachfront northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, lie within the NHC's forecast "cone" for possible landfall. It took Matheson and her husband almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles off the barrier island.
A Category 4 hurricane with 105 miles per hour winds is bearing down on the US East Coast, bringing a risk of devastating floods - and there are two more hurricanes behind it.
Atlantic Ocean hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30.
In the village of Buxton, Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in her house on top of a ridge.
You can see why there's so much fear spreading now that Florence is being compared to the past hurricane.
"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said.
"I'm telling them to go inland, but I'm anxious about the rain and tornadoes too", Roberts said. "There is no way to be completely safe".