A week into Tropical Storm Nate, the hurricane season has been a catastrophe.
From Hurricane Nate, one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the United States, to Hurricane Maria, the country’s most devastating storm in its history, the city of Miami has already lost two of its most prominent residents.
The city of just over 100,000 people lost more than 200 people to Maria and Irma, while the country is facing another unprecedented storm surge that could bring flooding and mudslides to its shores.
With Hurricane Nate set to batter Miami, we asked our experts to tell us what the worst storm season in the country has been.
Miami’s storm season was the worst in the nation in 2017, and that was with the National Weather Service predicting another catastrophic storm season.
Miami has seen nearly 20 inches of rain, and the city has already experienced more than 3.5 feet of rainfall.
Miami is the nation’s second-highest rainfall-saturated city, according to NOAA.
Miami was hit by Hurricane Nate earlier this year, which has left residents with no way to get back to their homes.
The storm devastated Miami Beach and killed at least 14 people, while other coastal cities like Pensacola and Miami-Dade also suffered heavy damage.
Hurricane Maria came ashore in Puerto Rico in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and while it didn’t hit the island, its storm surge was still far exceeding normal.
The island has been the epicenter of the Category 5 hurricane season, and Miami is one of five cities on the island that received more than 5 inches of rainfall since September 7.
Miami Beach is one area that is experiencing record-setting rainfall.
As of Tuesday, the county had received more rain than Miami in a single day.
As for the impact on the city, the devastation from Hurricane Nate has left a huge hole in the city’s water infrastructure, with the city unable to handle nearly 20 feet of rain per day.
It’s a situation that has left the city without basic drinking water, according the Miami Beach Water and Sewerage Department.
The department says that residents will be unable to use their taps in the coming days, which will be disastrous.
Miami, Florida, is also facing another major threat.
Tropical Storm Maria has already damaged a second of Puerto Rico’s island of Vieques, with a storm surge of more than 10 feet.
While the hurricane has been forecast to hit Puerto Rico within days, Maria is expected to weaken into a tropical storm on Thursday.
That will leave the island with less water available to its citizens, with officials saying that the storm surge could reach as high as 7 feet.
Maria is a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 110 mph.
Hurricane Nate hit the Miami area in late September.
The two storms, which have each been rated Category 4, are expected to intensify as the storm makes its way toward the U of T. Hurricane Jose was also the worst to hit the Caribbean nation.
The hurricane is expected at the time of writing to reach Category 4 intensity and bring heavy rains to Miami.
Hurricane Joe hit the Dominican Republic earlier this month, but the damage caused by the storm has been minimal.
Hurricane Irma is forecast to arrive in Florida on Thursday and will cause catastrophic damage to Florida’s Caribbean coast, which is a key corridor for tourism.
Florida has also experienced severe flooding during Hurricane Irma, and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed.
Miami and the Bahamas are also experiencing significant flooding, with nearly 70 percent of the islands under mandatory evacuation orders.
The United States is also experiencing unprecedented flooding across the Southeast, as the Atlantic Ocean has already risen by nearly a foot in just the past two weeks.
Miami will be hit with more rainfall as Hurricane Nate moves toward the Caribbean Sea and the United Kingdom and Ireland is expected later this week to see its highest rainfall in a week.