Hurricane Irma

In the days after Hurricane Irma, Adele Thomas said she is grateful that her family survived the storm that roared through her house on Sept. 6, 2017, ripping the roof off and destroying all the contents.

Two years ago, one of the strongest hurricane ever observed in the open Atlantic Ocean pummeled the Virgin Islands with winds gusts exceeding 200 mph, leaving in its wake a dazed and devastated territory that, to this day, continues to fall short of a full recovery.

The storm, which made landfall in the territory on Sept. 6, 2017, during daylight hours, brought catastrophic damage on a scale rarely seen — stripping foliage, downing power lines, collapsing homes and businesses and killing four people.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email