Hurricane Watch in effect from Surf City to Ocracoke Inlet

By on September 22, 2023

9/22 at 6pm Update:

According to the 6 p.m. briefing from the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City, a Hurricane Watch is now in place from Surf City to Ocracoke Inlet as some strengthening is possible as the storm moves toward Eastern North Carolina, bringing impacts to our area through Saturday.


9/22 at 10:45 am

This update on the storm now reaching our area was issued by Dare County on the morning of Friday, Sept. 22.

Dare County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, High Surf Advisory and Flood Watch.

Impacts from Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 are being realized this morning (Friday, Sept. 22) with rain, increasing winds and hazardous ocean conditions. The National Hurricane Center anticipates Tropical Storm Ophelia forming later today and making landfall along the North Carolina coast tomorrow, Saturday, September 23.

Tropical storm-force winds are expected later today and will persist until late Saturday night. The easterly wind flow is expected to peak sometime in the late afternoon on Saturday, and into the evening the storm is expected to move north, and the wind will shift to the south and southwest.

As the shift occurs, wind speed will also drop, which could lead to a quick return of sound water that was pushed west. Should this occur, the potential for soundside flooding impacts will increase. To sign up to receive alerts if water levels in your area begin to rise due to storm surge, visit and select the flood gauge(s) located in the waterway you’d like to monitor in real time.

  • Travel on Saturday, September 23, should be avoided.Those who are planning to travel to Dare County tomorrow should consider waiting until Sunday, September 24, 2023, when conditions are forecast to improve. Impacts may be seen on roads throughout Dare County—not just on Hatteras Island—from the combination of strong winds, flooding rain and potential soundside surge.
  • Residents and visitors who are located along the oceanfront and have no protective dune should consider relocating and taking action now to protect property.
  • Residents and visitors who are on the soundside should be ready to take action should the east wind drive water to the west. The potential rapid return of water on Saturday afternoon and into the evening could put property at risk of being flooded. Consider moving vehicles to higher ground, just in case.

To sign up to receive customized emergency alerts—including severe weather watches and warnings, public safety and emergency-related warnings, countywide evacuation orders and other time-critical notifications—please visit


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

Time: Dec 6, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • surf123

    I returned home around 11pm last night and passed waves of cars were steadily heading north from what I presume was Ocracoke knowing the ferry was going to cease service. Could also be Saturday renters deciding to get out early since the weather is crappy.

    Friday, Sep 22 @ 10:58 am
  • Betty Lou

    Why weren’t the tourists made to evacuate? And the next week’s tourists told don’t bother coming down? At minimum we could have a little peace from their disturbances.

    Friday, Sep 22 @ 6:29 pm