Atlantic Hurricane Season Update

Latest glance at the National Weather Service National Hurricane Center (NHC) site shows that as of this morning there are now two active major hurricanes in the Atlantic basin.

Hurricane Igor and Hurricane Julia, the fourth and fifth hurricanes respectively of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, are both currently at Category 4 status (sustained winds of 131-155 mph).

Catastrophe modeling firm Risk Management Solutions (RMS) points out that the last time there were two hurricanes of category four strength or greater, active on the same day, was on this very day (September 15) in 1999 when Floyd and Gert were both category four hurricanes.

While both hurricanes right now remain far from the U.S. East coast, the NHC’s five-day forecast has Hurricane Igor heading for Bermuda.

Over at Wunderblog, Dr. Jeff Masters tallies up the season’s numbers thus far:

The intensification of Julia into a hurricane brings our activity tally for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season to 10 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 3 intense hurricanes. An average season has 10 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 intense hurricanes, so we’ve already had a full season’s worth of activity, with about 45% of the season still to come.”

Make that 11 named storms. Tropical Storm Karl – the 11th tropical storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has since formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on hurricanes.

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