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Atlantic hurricane history made on Wednesday

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -  Wednesday was certainly a day for the history books in the tropical Atlantic thanks to Hurricanes Igor and Julia.  It is very rare for there to be two major hurricanes in the Atlantic at the same time.

For the first time since 1926 we saw two category four hurricanes in the Atlantic at the same time Wednesday morning!  The last time this happened was on September 16, 1926 when one of the powerful storms was the Great Miami Hurricane. 

It is also unusual to have more than one major hurricane (category 3 or higher) in the Atlantic at the same time.  Other than Wednesday this has occurred only three other times: 1950 (Dog & Easy), 1958 (Helene & Ilsa), and 1999 (Floyd & Gert).

Hurricane Julia will also go into the history books all by herself.  Never has there been as strong a hurricane, which peaked out at sustained 135 mile per hour winds, in the far east Atlantic. 

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