Latest News USA: Pembroke Pines 3-Year-Old Who Survived Hurricane Dorian, Comes Back Home To Hugs
A Florida preschooler got an outpouring of love from his classmates when he returned to school Monday after surviving Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Makai Simmons, a 3-year-old in Pembroke Pines walked into his classroom and was instantly met with hugs. His mother Tekara Capron is seen wiping away tears in a video she recorded as someone says “we missed you.”
“They came and they hugged him and supported him,” Capron told CNN. “It really touched me, you know, this is what I needed.”
Capron told CNN that she grew up in the Bahamas and makes out time to return there every time she has a holiday weekend. So on Labor Day, she made the trip to Freeport, Grand Bahama with her son while hoping to avoid Hurricane Dorian as it moved toward the Florida coast.
“Instead, it came directly to my island where my entire family, my friends, my loved ones were,” Capron said.
Hurricane Dorian left at least 50 people dead, hundreds missing and some 70,000 people homeless after it tore a path of destruction across Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. The 22-year-old who had experienced hurricanes before, described this as “horrific.”
“This one was absolutely devastating and had me terrified, especially with my son there,” Capron said.
She recalls the terrifying moments as the door of her grandmother’s house flew open as Dorian passed over the island. She wrapped Makai up in her arms and held him tight.
“Makai said ‘mommy, I’m so scared’,” she said. “I’m going to hold on to him in case I have to make a run for it.”
Even though they survived Dorian, the house they were in got flooded. Capron took a photo of Makai standing next to the water line inside the home that almost comes up to his chest.
Capron said her family lost a lot but that “they are material items.” She’s thankful to just have survived with her family.
They were able to evacuate the island on the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Celebration ship on Saturday. The cruise line told CNN last week that it took supplies to the island and then offered to evacuate Bahamians free of charge back to Florida.
Makai refers to Dorian as the monster because that’s what the wind sounded like to him, Capron said. She also said witnessing the moment the kids embraced her son was a special moment she said she needed after surviving the wrath of Dorian.
“My whole country is at such a point of devastation and everything we were seeing,” she said. “This made me feel really loved and cared about.”
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