Yes, give Hatteras a good wide berth, seas can get really ugly there. I've been there in moderately heavy weather, nothing extreme, and even that was unpleasant -- lots of big confused seas. Anything heavier would have started to get dangerous. Just looking at the number of charted wrecks is a very sobering reminder.
Also, sailing on a "schedule" driven by considerations other than mother nature is equally dangerous. Don't let crew and work schedules influence you to make bad weather decisions. I learned that lesson for the final time about 20 years ago, when I allowed crew schedules to influence me to set sail into what I thought was a collapsing weather window. Collapsed it did -- into Cat 1 hurricane
conditions! No need to teach me that lesson again. I always make this very clear to crew before they set foot aboard.
In Oct/Nov I suggest making relatively short fast runs as weather windows permit
. And wait until hurricane season is officially over before making the longer run south (you did not state a specific destination). Loads of options for laying up somewhere along the East coast
. Given the degree of activity in this hurricane season I would keep an especially close eye on that. We had our first tropical storm in the Atlantic basin in May (!) of this year so who knows when it will actually end. Hurricanes often don't get the memos on what they are "supposed" to do.
Keep in mind of course, that those long term averages shown on pilot charts
and such tend to smooth out the more extreme weather events
which only last a few days.