Hurricane Joaquin popped up unexpectedly, grew exponentially, and lasted for days that felt like they would never end. The survival stories are terrifying. I was caught 20 miles from the eye of the storm, taking refuge at a friend’s house on higher ground when my home saw flooding. Unable to return to my house in the immediate aftermath due to roadside flooding, we arrived at the home of a local couple who lost everything in the storm. This is their story. There are many stories like this that need to be told.