Sep 22, 2008
Hurricane Kyle deluged the island with record rainfall before it even showed up. Patillas received nearly an inch of rain per hour for 24 hours. The mudslides closed schools and highways and killed one. Entire crop fields were lost to floodwater—$23 million worth. The storm caused another $25 million in damage to buildings and homes, prompting President George W. Bush to declare the state a disaster area.