A massive quick-moving tropical storm that is now south of Cuba will threaten part of the southern United States as a hurricane this weekend before it begins trekking toward the Northeast, according to AccuWeather.com.
Nate is likely to make landfall somewhere between the Florida Panhandle to southeastern Louisiana, AccuWeather said. The exact point of landfall will be more clear once the storm begins to move north of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
"Since the system will be moving over very warm waters, we could quickly have a powerful hurricane on our hands," said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
New Orleans declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
It is too early to project its possible impact because it is unclear how much Nate will weaken after making landfall.
Projections show that Nate could hit Connecticut on Tuesday as it moves northward on an inland path through the U.S.
Including Nate, there have been 14 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and five major hurricanes thus far season.
Hurricane season began June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30.
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