45th Anniversary of Super Typhoon Viola


Nimbus satellite picture of Super Typhoon Viola near its peak intensity

On July 26, 1969, Super Typhoon Viola reached its peak intensity with 145 mph winds as it passed north of Luzon in the Philippines.  It weakened as it moved south of Taiwan and was a minimal typhoon with 80 mph winds when it struck Guangdong province on mainland China early July 28th.  Despite its minimal status, nearly 1000 people drowned in floods caused by the very heavy rainfall brought by Viola.