While they were slow in coming, intense hurricanes are in progress. From the National Hurricane Center,
With both hurricane Igor and Julia reaching Category 4 strength, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center reports these interesting facts:
- Two category four hurricanes existing simultaneously in the Atlantic basin has occurred only one other time since 1900: September 16, 1926 (Hurricane #4 and the Great Miami Hurricane).
- There are only three other incidents of two major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) at the same time: 1950 (Dog & Easy), 1958 (Helene & Ilsa), and 1999 (Floyd & Gert).
- Hurricane Julia is the most intense hurricane to be located so far in the Eastern North Atlantic.