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Re: Royal Carribbean Ship caught in extreme storm
This winter the winds and seas in the SW N.Atlantic have been 'blasting' all season long. Strong Southerlies/Southerwesterlies interspaced by NW cold fronts every few days and with much higher than normal southerlies immediately before a cold front or a 'trof'. If one didn't get across the Gulf Stream at mid December or New Years Day there was only one brief 'window' since Jan1. The Exumas had hurricane force winds (a full day and a half of 'derecho') during early January and probably only 5-6 days of 10-15 since, the rest of the time its been 25-35+.
Most cruisers in the Bahamas are simply 'hunkered down' and hiding (and there's really not many places to adequately hide from strong southerlies/southeasterlies in the lower Bahamas) ... its been exceptionally cool and cloudy/rainy.
Thank you El Niño. :-(