The Rio Grande City Kelsey Bass Museum plans to kick-off its Hurricane Beulah Exhibit with a 50 Year Anniversary Commemoration event on Tuesday, September 5, starting at 10:00 am which will also feature trolley tours of historic Fort Ringgold.
The commemoration event is part of a full week of activity the museum has planned. Two ‘Tardeadas at the Patio’ events are planned for Wednesday, September 6, starting at 5:00 pm, and on Thursday, September 7, starting at 5:00 pm.
The Rio Grande City Kelsey Bass Museum and Events Center is located on 101 S. Washington St., in Rio Grande City. For more information about these event, residents are encouraged to call Diana Uribe at 956-487-0672.
Hurricane Beulah was the second tropical storm, second hurricane, and only major hurricane during the 1967 Atlantic hurricane season. It tracked through the Caribbean, struck the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico as a major hurricane, and moved west-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico, briefly gaining Category 5 intensity.
It was the strongest hurricane during the 1967 Atlantic hurricane season. The hurricane made landfall just north of the mouth of the Rio Grande River as a Category 3. It spawned 115 tornadoes across Texas, which established a new record for the highest amount of tornadoes produced by a tropical cyclone.
Due to its slow movement over Texas, Beulah led to significant flooding. At the time, Beulah ranked as the second-costliest hurricane on record, having left roughly $1 billion (1967 USD) in damage. Only Hurricane Betsy two years prior had caused such considerable losses. Throughout its path, at least 688 people were killed.