Pat Shingleton for Thursday, June 27, 2013

From history books to stories that may have been passed down from parents and grandparents, many will remember today’s date.

It’s the 56th anniversary of Hurricane Audrey. As noted in a previous column, the early-season storm blasted the Louisiana-Texas border on June 27, 1957, with a 12-foot storm surge. Extensive flooding and damage occurred in Cameron Parish and sections of Vermillion, Iberia and St. Mary parishes, with wind gusts of 180 mph.

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 June.

Fastcast: Fewer showers, hot.