Makai Simmons, a 3-year-old in Pembroke Pines walked into his classroom and was immediately recognized for hugs. In a video recorded by his mother, Tekara Capron, Makai starts wiping tears as someone says "we missed you."
"They came and they embraced him and supported him," Capron told CNN. "It really touched me, you know, this is what I needed."
Capron told CNN that he grew up in the Bahamas and was trying to get back there whenever he had a holiday weekend. So it's not the end of Labor Day without a question that he will make the trip to Freeport, Grand Bahama with his son, while hoping to avoid Hurricane Dorian as it moves to the Florida coast.
"Instead, it came directly to my island where my whole family, my friends, my loved ones," Capron said.
Hurricane Dorian tore a path of destruction throughout the Grand Bahama and Abaco Island, leaving at least 50 people dead, hundreds missing and some 70,000 homeless.
The 22-year-old said he had experienced typhoons but this one was "horrible."
"This guy was totally devastated and scared me, especially with my son," Capron said.
She remembered the horrifying moments as the door to her grandmother's house slid open as Dorian passed through the island. He grabbed Makai's arm and held her tight.
"Makai says' mommy, I'm scared & # 39 ;," he said. "I'll go to him in case I have to run for it."
They rescued Dorian but this flood was in full swing. Capron took a picture of Makai standing next to the water line inside the house that was closest to his chest.
Capron said his family lost a lot but that "they were material items." She is grateful to have survived only with her family.
Makai referred to Dorian as a monster because it was the voice of the wind like him, Capron said.
"My whole country is in a state of ruin and everything we see," he said. "It made me feel really loved and cared about."