On June 27, 1957, Hurricane Audrey made landfall near Bridge City, Texas. The largest hurricane on record for the month of June, Audrey was a Category 4 storm (later downgraded to Category 3) with peak sustained wind speeds then-measured at 145 mph. Residents of Texas and Louisiana had very little warning before Audrey took her toll: $147 million in property damage and 416 lives lost. Audrey’s 8 to 12 foot storm surge was responsible for most of the loss and destruction, spreading as far as 25 miles inland over low-lying southwestern Louisiana. Massive rainfall and 23 tornadoes followed in the wake of this eighth-deadliest hurricane to hit the United States mainland. The name Audrey will never be used for a hurricane again.
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