MIAMI, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Hurricane Isabel is projected to slam into the East Coast of the United States by the end of the week.
"Landfall along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast somewhere between North Carolina and New Jersey between four or five days is appearing more and more likely," CNN quoted the National Hurricane Center as saying.
The storm's intensity dipped slightly but it was still packing 155-mph winds as it approached the eastern Caribbean Sunday evening.
Isabel remained far from land at 5 p.m. EDT, 320 miles east-northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, moving west-northwest at about 13 mph, the Hurricane Center said.
Isabel was expected to travel west to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before turning slightly north, moving parallel to the Bahamas.
Residents of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the southeastern U.S. coast were warned large ocean swells and dangerous surf conditions are likely in the next several days.