Breakfast time on September 20, 1967 was a rough one for Deep South Texas as Hurricane Beulah made landfall near the mouth of the Rio Grande River as a strong Category 3 hurricane. It packed winds of about 130 mph. The massive storm had formed off of the African Coast more than two weeks earlier and trekked all the way across the Atlantic, hitting several Caribbean islands as well as Cozumel before finally reaching the Texas shore.
Beulah produced 115 tornadoes after landfall, a record that held until 2004 when Hurricane Ivan spun up 118 tornadoes. It’s quite possible Beulah spawned even more twisters than tallied since Doppler radar did not exist to spot them, and south Texas has many rural areas where they may have been missed by spotters.
The rainfall with Beulah was incredible: 27 inches in just a day and a half in Beeville, Texas and floodwaters so severe some south Texas towns were cut off from the outside world for an entire week!
The hurricane did about $1.5 Billion in damage (today’s dollars) and killed 59 people in the United States, and more than 600 in Mexico.