Today is the day we’ve all been dreading: The first tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic, and even though it’s up near Bermuda and is not a threat to us here in the Virgin Islands, its very existence should ring alarm bells through the halls of our government.

If a storm formed this early — nearly two weeks before the official start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, what does that tell us? The people of the Virgin Islands know the answer: We should be prepared. Now. Right now.