Hurricane Julia explodes — Atlantic has two coincident Category 4 hurricanes, very rare

UPDATE 5 AM AST: Second time in 100-years two coincident Category 4’s in the Atlantic…together, Igor and Julia have the highest coincident intensities on record. Two major hurricanes exist simultaneously in the North Atlantic, a rare occurrence.  With the current intensities (110 knots +) of Julia and Igor, this has only happened 3-times in the…

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Hurricane Igor explodes to Category 4+

Update 11:00 PM EDT: Igor still intensifying, now at 130 knots (Cat 4) and now forecast to become a Category 5 within the next 12-hours. See NHC bulletin at the end of this post. Hurricane Igor has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 storm over the open Central Atlantic.  Winds are expected to remain above…