Although the worst case scenario is not yet certain, all indications are that this storm should be taken seriously. Take the appropriate precautions and listen to any alerts from public emergency officials in case of evacuation.
Make provisions for power outages, disruptions to public water supplies, and flooding. Remove loose objects from outside your home. They can become projectiles in high winds.
Because of the counter-clockwise rotation of hurricanes the maximum wind and rain is encountered on the right side of the eye of the storm.
The models are still only calculating probabilities, but they tend to refine over time. The critical period will be when the storm is projected to turn northwestward on Monday.
The storm may gather additional energy as it tracks across the Gulf Stream before making its final approach to land.