Hurricane Audrey made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border on the morning of June 27, 1957. It formed three days prior in the Bay of Campeche, beginning as a tropical wave and quickly developing into a hurricane by the next day. At this time, there had not been a major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico for 12 years. Audrey was classified as a category 3 hurricane, with wind speeds up to 125 mph and an intense storm surge reaching 20 miles inland. Audrey produced over a dozen tornadoes, two of which formed in Louisiana, with Mississippi and Alabama sustaining most of the damage. Additionally, parts of the Midwestern United States saw up to 10.20 inches of rainfall. In the Gulf of Mexico, Audrey disrupted offshore oil operations, resulting in $16 million in damages. The state of Louisiana suffered $120 million in total damages, and had around 400 fatalities —the most from any state affected by the storm. To date, Audrey is the strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic Basin during the month of June.
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Disaster victims -- Louisiana -- Cameron Parish.
Hurricane Audrey, 1957.
Hurricane Audrey, 1957 -- Personal narratives.
Hurricanes -- Gulf States.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana -- History.
Louisiana -- Hurricanes.
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