Cruise ship battles high seas, 100+ mph winds in Hermine remnants

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A cruise ship that was damaged and had passenger injuries in a storm off the North Carolina coast earlier this year is stuck in what is left of Tropical Storm Hermine.

The Anthem of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, ran into winds as high as 122 mph in early February off the N.C. coast.RELATED: ‘This is inexcusable,’ says man on cruise ship battling 100+ mph winds in Hermine remnants

The rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean — fueled by winds up to 120 mph — caused at least four injuries and damage to areas of the ship.

Now on Sunday, as the ship heads from New Jersey to Bermuda, the storm is caught up in the winds and seas stirred up by the remnants of Hermine.

A passenger, Robert McHugh, posted video from the ship on Twitter while it was in the storm.

The passenger, from New Jersey, who talked on the video, said the rough conditions worsened early Sunday when the ship “started swaying a bit here.”

He said that sea swells were up to 40 feet and gusts were up to 90 knots. An in-board video screen from the ship did show 98 knot winds — which is the same as 112 mph.

The passenger, who spoke from the railing of the ship outdoors, said that dishes were “all over the place” when passengers tried to dine in the restaurant.

He also said many people were sick from the rough conditions.

The ship left Bayonne, New Jersey on Friday, and earlier Sunday “was basically in worst quadrant of post-tropical Hurricane Hermine,” said Ryan Maue on Twitter, a meteorologist who mapped the location of the ship along with the storm.

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