"The First is Often the Worst"
From history books to stories that were passed down from parents and grandparents, some will remember June 27, 1957. Back then, access to radio and television were limited to a few stations in each market. Technology was limited in determining the strength of an approaching storm and on-shore instrumentation provided the only means of analyzing tropical systems. Satellite imagery was non-existent. Evacuation directives were not "part-of-the-plan" as residents rode-out land falling storms. This early season storm blasted the Louisiana-Texas border with a 12 foot storm surge. Extensive flooding and damage occurred in Cameron Parish and sections of Vermilion, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes with wind gusts of 180 miles per hour. With at least 500 deaths, Audrey set a record for the most storm deaths in the month of June. The storm is also noted as being the strongest storm to make landfall within the United States and one of only two major hurricanes to make landfall in the month of June. Another subtle reminder that it only takes one storm to jog memories-Katrina, Andrew, Gustav. Additional storm stories are available at www.PatShingleton.com.
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