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Hurricane Audrey: The Deadly Storm of 1957

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A DIGNIFIED, SPELLBINDING ACCOUNT OF ONE OF THE WORST NATURAL DISASTERS IN LOUISIANA HISTORY

"Cathy Cagle Post, a native but only a child at the time, brings Hurricane Audrey to life again. Reading this book raised the level of appreciation for the people of the Gulf Coast--their love for each other, the land, their culture, their faith, and their strength!"
--Sen. Willie L. Mount (LA)

"A compelling page turner . . . her chilling historical narrative sweeps us into its black ...

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Overview

A DIGNIFIED, SPELLBINDING ACCOUNT OF ONE OF THE WORST NATURAL DISASTERS IN LOUISIANA HISTORY

"Cathy Cagle Post, a native but only a child at the time, brings Hurricane Audrey to life again. Reading this book raised the level of appreciation for the people of the Gulf Coast--their love for each other, the land, their culture, their faith, and their strength!"
--Sen. Willie L. Mount (LA)

"A compelling page turner . . . her chilling historical narrative sweeps us into its black waters along with the six families fighting for survival. . . . I could not put the book down."
--E. R. Jung, author of %iTestimonial to a Habit%r

"I could even hear the wind again as I relived the gruesome events of that day, and I thank God for the life he has given me. So many died . . . why were we spared?"
--Elaine Broussard Trahan, Hurricane Audrey survivor

Few people who saw Hurricane Audrey's fifty-foot tidal wave lived to tell of it. Indeed, the events surrounding Hurricane Audrey were so horrific that three generations were left emotionally scarred--and for over thirty years most of the survivors found it too painful to speak of their ordeal, until now.

At dawn on June 27, 1957, the hurricane slammed into the sleeping Gulf Coast twelve hours ahead of its predicted landfall. Residents were poised to evacuate, but the early arrival of this category-four storm resulted in a massive death toll of more than five hundred people--almost two hundred of them children.

This nonfiction narrative reads like a suspense novel, revealing previously untold details of Hurricane Audrey at a gale-force pace.

A native of Louisiana, Mrs. Post has retired to Las Vegas. Her family is one of the six chronicled in this true account. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804586
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Hurricane Ser.
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,382,249
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Post is a graduate of McNeese Sate University, a retired high school and kindergarten teacher, and a former legal secretary for the district attorney and Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A native of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Mrs. Post and her husband now live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her family is one of the six chronicled in this true account.
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Table of Contents


Index of Families Discussed in This Book     11
Preface     17
Monday, June 24, 1957-Birth of a Storm     19
Tuesday-Life Before Audrey     33
Wednesday-The Best-Laid Plans     53
Thursday-The Lost Hours     85
Thursday-The Eye Moves Ashore     159
Friday-"Gone...Gone...Everything's Gone"     195
Life After Audrey     241
Epilog     291
Acknowledgments     305
Saffir-Simpson Scale     309
Recommended Reading     313
Bibliography     314
Index     317
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    Incredible Book

    My husband was 10 years old living in Avoyelles Parish when Hurricane Audrey blew through Louisiana on its way to Canada. His family spent 2 1/2 days in their local school. He has always talked about this storm. Ms. Post does an incredible job of putting you right in the middle of the hurricane. I thought 'Isaac's Storm' was great about the Galveston Storm of 1900 but 'Hurricane Audrey' is much better. It is a testimony to people's will to survive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    This people in this book will stay with you for a long time.

    I just finished this incredible book and put it down, and all I can say is WOW! What a gift. The story is told in a beautiful lyrical prose and takes you on a journey of disbelief, despair, courage, and hope. I¿m so excited about giving a copy to each of our children (5), one of whom is named Audrey. Such wonderful examples of what a true hero is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    Awesome read.

    I was 10 years old when this storm came through Cameron, LA. I graduated high school with the author. This was an awesome read. I could harldy put it down. It bothered me for days on end to find out about her family and their friends. The author tied it all together with the outcome of the next 50 year storm, Rita. I was very impressed with this story and book. I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2007

    i am from cameron,la.

    i am from cameron la.my family lives there now.i actually knnow several of the people in this book and there stories which i have been told about all my life.if you want a good read then get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    A story of survival and sharing

    I live in the Florida Panhandle. I have evacuated my home twice in the past three years. I know the unpredictability of nature and the power to destroy. 'Hurricane Audrey' took me into the hearts and minds of the courageous families that have made my life safer. My mother warned me that I would not put this book down until I had finished. I called her in tears several times as I 'lived' this storm. I will always be grateful for Sybil, and Geneva, and Alice, but most of all for Cathy C. Post who has written this incredible book. As a nation, we are better prepared for tragedy through the lessons leaned in Audrey. Thank you 'Ladies of the Storm' for your gift of survival and sharing. I recommend this book above any that I have read in recent years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    'Ladies of the Storm' share with 'one of their own'

    I was so overwhelmed with the incredible descriptions of events and emotions in this book that I contacted the author. I needed to know more about the 'Ladies of the Storm' to whom the book is dedicated. Cathy Post experienced Audrey as a child and lost family members to the storm. Over a long period, the author built a trust with 'The Ladies' who were finally willing to share their stories with 'one of their own.' This compelling story needed to be told to document the events, the struggles and the unwavering courage it took to survive. The essence is revealed in the line, 'The really great men are always simple and good.' Along with their women. This is a book to cherish and to share. It needs national recognition as it is the story of the American Spirit! And to think that almost 50 years later, Hurricane Rita would strike in the same Cameron Parish and destroy 95% of the town----again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

    This historical narrative reads like a suspense novel

    For two days I have lived this hurricane with the people I met and grew to love through the pages of this incredible book. I was captured from the first pages with the lyrical descriptions of the climate, culture and the people of southern Louisiana. ¿Acknowledgments¿ are usually in the front not at the end as in this book. I was so intrigued by the method of telling the story in ¿real time¿ that I jumped ahead to the ¿Acknowledgments¿. I had to find out how this story was researched and could be told in ¿first person¿ accounting. One learns much about this amazing first time author who was advised by her 100 year old aunt, a nun, with whom she shared letters, to ¿stop doing whatever it was that I was doing for a living and take up writing.¿ You will be so glad she did! The author experienced the storm as a child and narrates this compelling account of six surviving families who would only share their stories with ¿one of their own.¿ Released May 1, this nonfiction narrative reads like a suspense novel, and has already been nominated for an historical award for 2007, the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Audrey. This book is an incredible read for any year, and I highly recommend it to all.

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