“Hurricane Irma Has Nothing On Hurricane Charley,” Confirms Waterford Man


WATERFORD man Henry Gorman has admitted to being rather ‘teed-off’ by the incessant noise coming from TV, radio and online news outlets which seem hell bent on claiming the strongest storm on record, Hurricane Irma, can light a candle to Hurricane Charley, the 1986 hurricane which hit Irish shores and knocked over a tree or two.

“Piddle, pish, hogwash and the rest of it, 280km winds in the Caribbean? Okay boi, well come back to me when 10 plus slates are clean taken off your shed, then we’ll talk,” urged Gorman.

The 60-year-old still shudders at the thought of the most fearsome storm to grace Ireland, which led to 1,000 people being evacuated from their homes in Wicklow as well as the presence of a persistent and annoying breeze rattling at the window of the Waterford man’s home.

Responding to what he described as ‘wild speculation’ from meteorologists around the world who are predicting Hurricane Irma will have a catastrophic impact that could cause heavy casualties and potentially billions of dollars worth of damage, Gorman didn’t hold back.

“That’s all well and good talking ‘could cause’, but I was here in ’86 and the world will see nothing like it again. I had the first coat of paint done on the gate out the front and sure it was useless after Charley, had to do it again. So all this ‘havoc’ nonsense they’re saying, well, that’s just weather theoryology,” added Gorman, with the tone that rightfully suggested he wasn’t sure ‘theoryology’ was a real word at all.

“Nothing wrong with a bit of local pride either, we should speak up when others are talking our storms and hurricanes down”.

With Hurricane Irma making landfall hours ago, Gorman admitted he was thankful God had spared people in the Caribbean from the horrors of a hurricane on the scale of Charley.