Audrey left its heavy mark on history, as the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean basin during the month of June.
Rapid strengthening in the last six hours culminated, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), in Category 4 status at the time of Audrey`s landfall between Sabine Pass, Texas and Cameron, La. No storm in June since Audrey has gained Category 4 status.
In low-lying southwestern Louisiana, Audrey's storm surge of 8 to 12 feet reached as far as 25 miles inland. Most of the deaths, at least 390 and possibly over 500, were caused by this surge, say the NHC.
Winds near 100 mph blasted Lake Charles, La. At Port Arthur, Texas and Lafayette, La., top gusts were near 85 mph. A wind gauge at KPLC weather station in Lake Charles is said to have reached 180 mph before breaking, according to Wikipedia.
Audrey's name was retired in memory to its heavy toll on life and property.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews