'Extreme gust of wind' on Norwegian cruise ship injures several people

The gust was estimated to be around 100 knots, which is equivalent to 115 miles per hour.

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By Minyvonne Burke and Rima Abdelkader

Several people on a Norwegian Escape cruise ship were injured over the weekend by "a sudden, extreme gust of wind," the company said.

Just before midnight on Sunday, the ship encountered a gust of about 100 knots, which is equivalent 115 miles per hour, Norwegian Cruise Line tweeted on Monday.

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One passenger, Michael Patterson, tweeted that the ship "tilted" as it hit was hit by the wind. Photos he snapped and shared on his Twitter page showed chairs and debris scattered across the floor.

Another image shared on Twitter showed broken glass littered on the ground.

“It was very scary on board," Patterson told NBC News on Tuesday. “Artwork was falling off the walls.”

He said the ship's rocking lasted about two minutes, and some of the passengers were injured from broken glass.

The company said those injured received "immediate attention" and were treated by medical staff. It's not clear how many people were on the ship or how many were injured.

The Norwegian Escape, which left New York on Sunday, was not damaged during the incident and "remains fully operational," the company said. The ship arrived at its first destination at Port Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for the company said.

The ship will head to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas and then to Nassau before heading back to New York on Sunday.