The hurricane struck on September 6, first in Barbuda and nearby Antigua, before tracking north east so far as Cuba the best part of a thousand miles further west.
Such was Irma’s ferocity, wind speeds of up to 160mph were still being recorded more than three days later.
The effects though were none the worse felt than on Anguilla.
The island took the brunt of the category five winds, which lay siege to its most basic infrastructure and left islanders without power for months.
Besides housing, schools and the island’s only hospital, Anguilla’s tourism infrastructure also suffered - hotels were shut and transport links ravaged.
A year’s transformation though was captured on film and has this week been released to coincide with the anniversary of Irma.
Video courtesy of Her Majesty’s Governor’s Office in Anguilla.