On 25 August 1986 Hurricane Charley reached Ireland causing widespread flooding and damage mainly on the East coast of Ireland.

Reporter Charlie Bird was on storm duty in his hometown of Bray, County Wicklow which caught the worst of the hurricane and where about a thousand people were evacuated from their homes. 

As the extent of the damage became apparent Bray residents and rescue workers gave their reaction to RTÉ News.

It's a most incredible site. The whole street, the whole area is covered in water.

The Gardaí and the Civil Defence Forces dealt with emergency calls for rescue boats to assist residents with the evacuation. One man who was stranded in his home is not too happy with Charlie Bird's attempt to interview him and threatens to stick his head in the water.

Charlie Bird reports for 'Morning Ireland' on 26 August 1986.