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    Hurricane Igor, Julia Made History Wednesday

    By By Gina Cherundolo, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    September 16, 2010, 9:16:10 AM EDT

    At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Hurricane Julia was upgraded to a Category 4 storm, while her brother, Hurricane Igor, maintained his Category 4 status.

    In doing so, Julia also became the strongest hurricane on record so far east.

    Although the storm was downgraded to a Category 3 at 5 p.m., this 12-hour period marks only the second time in recorded history that two Category 4 hurricanes were active at the same time in the Atlantic.

    The other time this occurred was in September 1926. As modern storm naming was not in practice back then, Hurricane Four began on Sept. 2, and this slow-moving storm lasted about 22 days total. This storm remained at sea and did not make landfall in the United States.

    During this time, Hurricane Six developed in the Atlantic and strengthened into a Category 4 storm. The storm remained at Category 4 as it made landfall on Sept. 18, hitting Miami directly.


    Many deaths from the storm resulted when people took to the city streets as the eye of the storm passed over the city, thinking the storm had ended. According to the NHC, every downtown district building was either destroyed or damaged in the storm.

    The storm made its way across the Gulf of Mexico, hitting Pensacola before eventually weakening over Louisiana three days later.

    This storm became known as the "Great Miami Hurricane," causing $100 million in damage, which translates to about $1.23 billion in today's dollars.

    In the aftermath, the University of Miami adopted the name Hurricanes as their official mascot. According to several reports, the name was chosen because the Great Miami Hurricane delayed the start of their season.

    As for 2010's hurricanes, you can continue to follow their tracks at the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.

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