Idalia to deliver a blow before swinging out to sea

By on August 29, 2023

Hurricane Idalia this morning. (NOAA satellite image)

Hurricane Idalia is forecast to loop into the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical storm just south of the Outer Banks late Wednesday and into Thursday with conditions similar to a strong nor’easter expected along the coast.

Flash flooding could be a threat. Two to 3 inches of rain are possible through Thursday on the northern Outer Banks and up to 6 inches along Hatteras Island, according the latest update from the National Weather Service. Sustained winds could surpass tropical storm force of 39 mph, especially on Hatteras Island, and higher gusts are probable.

Idalia is projected to develop into a major hurricane with sustained winds exceeding 115 mph by the time it reaches the west coast of Florida Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. A state of emergency has been declared there.

This morning, Idalia was 320 miles south-southwest of Tampa. Top sustained winds were 80 mph.

Here is the full report; click the arrows on the bottom left to change pages:


The Cape Hatteras National Seashore also provided this update:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Idalia. As of this afternoon, regional forecasts show that strong winds, heavy rainfall and other negative impacts are likely to begin as early as late Wednesday, Aug. 30 and possibly continue through Friday, Sept. 1.

In addition to the impacts forecast for Idalia, the Seashore is currently experiencing oceanside impacts from the combination of distant Hurricane Franklin and elevated tides.


The Seashore’s Ocracoke, Cape Point and Frisco campgrounds will close tomorrow, Aug. 30. Campgrounds will reopen after post-storm assessments are completed. As more forecasts are issued by the National Weather Service, additional closures of visitor facilities may be necessary. Closures will be listed on the Seashore’s alerts and conditions webpage.

Visitor Safety

Due to swells produced by distant Hurricane Franklin and elevated tides, some Seashore oceanside beaches are experiencing erosion and overwash. Portions of off-road vehicle routes on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands may be impassable until this weekend.

Life-threatening rip currents are expected through the next several days. Seashore visitors should stay out of the ocean until conditions improve.

A two-mile stretch of beach between the north end of Rodanthe and South Shore Drive in Rodanthe should be avoided due to the continued presence of vulnerable houses that may be damaged by rough surf and strong winds.

Road and Ferry Travel

Seashore visitors can monitor road conditions at Call 252-996-6000 or 6001 for current information on ferry services to and from Ocracoke Island.


Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Dare EMS – Phase 2 Pre-Bid Conference

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