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This day 34 years ago Hurricane Charley blew into town

On this day 34 years ago, Hurricane Charley blew into Ireland.

It was August 25 1986 and Charley, which had been downgraded to an extra tropical cyclone by the time it arrived here, brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to Ireland.

It set the record for the greatest daily rainfall total in the country, including an accumulation of more than 7.8 or 200 mm.

The south and east got the brunt of it, with 200 mm recorded in one day at Rathcoole, in Wicklow.

Charley originated off the coast of South Carolina the week before it arrived here.

While it brought very strong winds, the worst of the damage was caused by the intense rain, which caused widespread flooding.

Two rivers burst their banks and residents in Bray had to be evacuated.

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