Kentucky Officials Preparing for Total Solar Eclipse

State and local agencies in Kentucky are preparing for a massive influx of visitors for the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the region on August 21.

Ground zero for the event will run from near Carbondale, Illinois to Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

According to NASA, any given point on the planet will only experience a total solar eclipse about once every 375 years.

In western Kentucky, ten counties are bracing for an influx of visitors. It could be anywhere from 100,000 up to 500,000 or more starting about three days before the eclipse.

Another 11 counties in the area are preparing for a mass of traffic as visitors travel to and from the total eclipse zone.

Kentucky will have the longest eclipse duration at two minutes and 40.2 seconds.

The total eclipse will arrive at 1:20 p.m. CDT. The partial eclipse will start about an hour before that.

Officials have provided a list of recommendations for eclipse watchers:

  • Choose a specific place to watch the eclipse. If you stop randomly along area highways, you can be issued a citation for impeding traffic. Parking along right of way creates a number of hazards.
  • Restroom facilities will be at a premium. Pick a viewing location with appropriate facilities.
  • Bring an ample supply of food and water for the duration of your planned stay.
  • Have a specific place to stay - Either a hotel room or appropriate campsite.
  • Be prepared for traffic delays. Thousands of visitors may create traffic gridlock at some critical intersections and interchanges, particularly along the I-24 corridor and KY 91 corridor.

(This story was originally published on May 25, 2017)


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