Several Injured on Cruise Ship Off of Northeast Coast Over Weekend Due to ‘Extreme Gust of Wind’ - NBC New York

Several Injured on Cruise Ship Off of Northeast Coast Over Weekend Due to ‘Extreme Gust of Wind’

Passengers could be heard screaming in panic, while some held on to what appeared to be a bar

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    'Extreme Wind Gust; Rocks Cruise Ship Off NJ Coast

    Several people on a Norwegian Escape cruise boat were hurt when 'a sudden, extreme gust of wind' rocked their ship, the company said. Ray Villeda reports. (Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Several people on a Norwegian Escape cruise ship headed to Florida were injured Sunday by "a sudden, extreme gust of wind," the company said

    • Norwegian Cruise says the ship "encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots"

    • Storm Team 4 says the same storm that dumped snow on the tri-state and generated tornadoes across the South was responsible for the weather

    Several people on a Norwegian Escape cruise ship headed to Florida were injured Sunday by "a sudden, extreme gust of wind," the company said.

    According to Norwegian Cruise, the ship "encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind estimated at 100 knots (115 mph), which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side."

    "Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary," the company said in a statement.

    Photos and video provided to NBC 4 New York show the impact of the wind gusts, which left items on the cruise ship thrown about, including plates, liquor bottles and glasses, as well as what appeared to be toppled-over tables.

    Powerful Winds Batter Cruise Ship

    [NY] Powerful Winds Batter Cruise Ship
    A freak gust of wind slammed into a cruise ship leaving New York City, hurting several passengers. Ray Villeda reports.
    (Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019)

    Passengers could be heard screaming in panic, while some held on to what appeared to be a bar and others slid across the floor trying to maintain their footing.

    Storm Team 4 says the same storm that dumped snow on the tri-state and generated destructive tornadoes across the South was responsible for the 100-knot wind gust.

    Radar data from Sunday night shows strong thunderstorms developed off the New Jersey coast and moved northeast toward the ship’s last reported location.

    Storm Team 4 says the thunderstorms produced powerful straight-line winds that raced across the ocean at 100+ mph.

    Several people along the New Jersey coast also reported hearing thunder on Sunday night.

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