Forecasters are predicting North Carolina's Outer Banks will begin feeling Hurricane Isabel's effects by sunset.
The storm is taking dead aim at the East Coast, and forcing everything from evacuations to frenzied buying of bottled water and generators.
Isabel's sustained winds are near 110 miles-per-hour, dropping it to a Category Two hurricane. And while some say the drop has given them relief, forecasters are warning the storm remains very dangerous.
National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield reminds people that Hurricane Floyd was also a Category Two storm in 1999 -- and went on to kill 56 people.
A hurricane warning is in place from Cape Fear, North Carolina up to the Virginia-Maryland state line. A hurricane watch is in effect for the Chesapeake Bay, north of the state line.
Forecasters predict the storm path will get up to ten inches of rain.