Flood of Traffic Expected for Eclipse in Western KY

Even if you aren't planning on making a trip to Madisonville or Hopkinsville to see The Great Eclipse, crowds are expected to flood western Kentucky which will likely cause some serious traffic backups.

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said it's hard to put a number on exactly how many visitors the area will have.

Wednesday in Hopkinsville, officials said there are enough hotel rooms and camping sites rented or reserved to account for about 100,000 people.

Keith Todd with the KYTC said, "I have a friend in Hopkinsville that I call just to check in with to see how they're doing. They said, 'Oh, we've got 15-18 people coming to our house and we're putting up tents in the backyard for kids to sleep in,' so it's kinda hard to know. There could be hundreds of people out there who could have friends or relatives coming in from out of town that are completely off the grid that we have no idea that they're coming."

Here are some things to keep in mind if you're planning to drive into the path of totality on Monday:

-Fill up your gas tank in advance

-Make sure to pack water and snacks in case you get stuck in traffic

-Have a destination planned in advance

-Don't just pull over on the side of the road to watch The Great Eclipse! That could make things very dangerous for you and all the drivers on the road.

(This story was originally published on August 16, 2017)


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