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Massive Tropical Storm Could Impact Fairfield County

The latest projected path of Tropical Storm Nate from the National Hurricane Center.
The latest projected path of Tropical Storm Nate from the National Hurricane Center. Photo Credit: National Hurricane Center
Since Nate will be moving inland over the U.S. this weekend, people may have little time to react and prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane, AccuWeather said.
Since Nate will be moving inland over the U.S. this weekend, people may have little time to react and prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane, AccuWeather said. Photo Credit: AccuWeather.com

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.

The most recent models show Nate moving into Connecticut on Tuesday.

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.

Check the National Hurricane Center's page devoted to Tropical Storm Nate here.

Check back with Daily Voice for updates on the storm.

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