Tropical Storm Conson in the Western Pacific threatens to strengthen into a typhoon

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Tearing through the Western Pacific, Tropical Storm Conson is currently threatening the Philippines with typhoon-strength winds.

Tropical Storm Conson is currently located about 400 miles east of Manila, packing maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and stronger gusts, reports Pete Johnson, meteorologist with ImpactWeather

Currently traveling to the west at a rate of 15 miles per hour, Tropical Storm Conson is expected to make a gradual turn over then next few days. Landfall is expected in the Philippine city of Luzon on Wednesday as a very strong tropical storm or possibly a typhoon.

Johnson reports that the storm poses a threat to Taiwan and Eastern China later in the week should Conson maintain organization after leaving the Philippines.

Adverse weather conditions have been affecting the offshore oil and gas industry for the last couple of weeks. Drilling and production in the Gulf of Mexico as curtailed due to Hurricane Alex, and drilling offshore the Falkland Islands was delayed because of unfavorable weather in the South Pacific.

Across the globe, safety is the industry’s number one priority, leading operators to shut-in production and evacuate personnel in the path of oncoming storms. 

Look to PennEnergy’s Global Offshore Weather Report daily to find out the most up-to-date information about this storm, as well as wind, weather and wave information for the nine busiest offshore regions worldwide.

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