A video circulating on social media shows guests of a Royal Caribbean Cruise running to take shelter onboard as unexpected, strong and dangerously high winds sent the furniture on the deck flying, leaving passengers terrified and clinging to railings.
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Chairs and tables on deck flew due to high-intensity winds while people ran for shelter. Other things can also be seen flying against the backdrop of people panicking and running.
A TikTok video showed a lounger narrowly missing a woman holding a small child.
This happened on the ship Independence of the Seas, which was caught amidst a brief yet intense rain storm as it was about to leave Port Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida, last week.
Everything happened suddenly. People were resting by the pool, soaking in the sun, when sudden winds followed by heavy rain came.
Video Credits: Fox 35 Orlando
In its statement, Royal Caribbean said that no guests were seriously hurt due to the flash storm. However, some passengers complained that they were not notified about the storm prior.
One passenger said, “We were on the top deck watching another boat in port get hit with rain when suddenly it disappeared in the rain, so we ran down to the next deck, but it was already on us.”
A guest named Cornett stated that the weather passed over extremely quickly at around 4 pm on 16 June.
“No ship announcements were made before or after, so people on the lower pool deck were hit completely without warning,” Ms Cornett wrote.
Fortunately, the cruise ship continued its 3-night itinerary and reached the Bahamas on Saturday.
References: independent, Newsweek, yahoo
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