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, visitĀ www.FIMAN.NC.govĀ and select the flood gauge(s) located in the waterway youā€™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 Countyā€”not just on Hatteras Islandā€”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 alertsā€”including severe weather watches and warnings, public safety and emergency-related warnings, countywide evacuation orders and other time-critical notificationsā€”please visitĀ


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Rooļ¬ng

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • 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