Exactly 55 years ago this week Hurricane Audrey roared in from the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 4 Hurricane and slammed Louisiana killing 416 folks. The storm was the first Cat 4 hurricane ever to hit in June and the seventh most deadly hurricane to ever hit the United States. Citizens in the Pelican State were told the hurricane was four days away when suddenly it increased its speed and arrived that night when many were sleeping.
The Lake Charles and Cameron areas of the state were the hardest hit by the storm's 145 mph winds and a storm surge of 12 feet in the low lying wetlands of the state. Sixty percent of the homes and businesses were destroyed in this area. The storm interacted with a weather front which helped move it quickly north with winds of over 90 mph reported in Western Pennsylvania and New York.