Image by NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION A satellite captures Hurricane Irma as it begins its devastating transit across the Virgin Islands

Today is the day. I’m sure I don’t have to tell any of you. Today is the day that Irma slammed into our islands and rearranged everything. Anyone connected to the Virgin Islands collectively held their breath as we waited to see what would emerge from the battering of this massive storm.

Irma and her cousin, Maria, completely changed the trajectory of our lives. At first it seemed like all we could see and comprehend was what we had lost. Then it was survive, recover and regroup.