Pat Shingleton: "The 16th of September..."
On September 16, 2010, Hurricanes Igor and Julia made it to Category 4 status. This marked the first time since September 16, 1926 that two Category 4 hurricanes existed in the Atlantic at the same time for just six hours. September 16, 1999 marked a day of unprecedented devastation for North Carolina. Hurricane Floyd unloaded 20 inches of rain with flooding never before experienced in the Carolina's. Sewage, flowing from the 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 along with mercury, hog and chicken waste. Since '99, eco-systems were surprisingly flushed free.