Published: Jun 03, 2010 9:03 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2010 6:03 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says all of Florida is threatened by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking in Pensacola on Thursday Nelson said the state's "worst nightmare," has come true. Nelson said oil gushing through the summer could touch the northern Panhandle, Tampa, the Keys and the state's east coast.

The state's senior senator is calling on the military to help contain oil from the leak that has prompted the federal government to close 37 percent of the Gulf of Mexico to fishing.

Nelson predicted the oil caught in the Gulf Stream could travel all the way to Scotland and could become an "Atlantic whammy" up and down the U.S. East Coast.