History confirms storm activity in September. One year ago, on this date, Hurricanes Igor and Julia reached Category 4 status, marking the first time since Sept. 16, 1926, that two Category 4 hurricanes existed in the Atlantic at the same time for only 6 hours. As noted in a previous column, Sept. 16, 1999, was a day of unprecedented devastation for North Carolina. Hurricane Floyd unloaded 20 inches of rain, causing flooding never seen before in the Carolinas.

Sewage flowing down Cape Fear River stretched 50 miles past Wilmington and 20 miles into the Atlantic. Municipal treatment plants overflowed with fears of environmental disasters from gas station chemicals, factories spewing chromium and mercury, and hog and chicken waste. Since 1999, nature has flushed the eco-systems free.

Fastcast: Comfortable.

Mostly sunny, high near 84. Northeasterly winds 5 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, low about 63. Northerly winds 5 mph, becoming calm.