Hurricane Lee has been upgraded to Category 2, with projections pointing to a potential Category 5 status in the coming days.
This comes before an uncertain northward shift that will require close monitoring of much of the East Coast.
The Category 1 storm, with sustained winds at 80 mph early Thursday, may approach Category 5- strength as it nears the eastern Caribbean.
The hurricane looks to be tracking across warm Atlantic waters and calm upper-level winds which will most likely intensify its fierceness.
Lee's center is likely to move north of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico this weekend.
It's expected to bring potential tropical storm conditions, life-threatening surf, and rip currents to some of these areas.
After passing the islands, Lee's impact along the U.S. East Coast next week remains uncertain.
Dangerous surf and rip currents are expected near the Eastern Seaboard, but whether it will reach the mainland is still unknown.
Most of these factors are still uncertain, and the potential U.S. impact will become clearer as Lee continues westward.