Eclipse traffic is ALREADY clogging roads along ‘path of totality’ as revelers flock to see Monday’s once-in-a-lifetime celestial event

Saturday, August 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

Traffic along the eclipse’s ‘path of totality’ started backing up Wednesday
The path is where revelers should be able to see the full eclipse
In rural areas of Oregon dozens of eclipse festivals add to the road congestion
Some gas stations have run out of gas, while others are seeing long lines
In other parts of the country weather will effect viewing
Thunderstorms in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri may dampen viewing plans
Some schools are closing so family’s can make sure children watch safely
Other schools have decided to extend the day to use it as a learning experience
US corporations will lose out on money while workers flock to windows and outside and even online to watch the event live

By Jessica Finn and Tim Collins and James Gordon
19 August 2017

Monday’s solar eclipse is already tying up traffic in areas along the path of totality, or the vein of regions along the US where people can view the full eclipse.

Oregonians so far are seeing the brunt of the traffic as revelers have started pouring into central Oregon, clogging roadways and draining gas supplies in rural towns, all in hopes of catching the full splendor of this once in a lifetime celestial event.

The nightmare scenario for locals in the state started emerging Wednesday when traffic backed up for 12 miles on US Highway 26 as people began to set up camp for an eclipse festival near Prineville.

Oregon is hosting dozens of festivals, which is quickly mounting to a headache for local residents in small towns not prepared for millions of visitors.

Gas stations aren’t prepared either. One user took to twitter to share gas stations in Bend, Or. have been emptied, while others are seeing long lines at the pumps.

‘The numbers of people who were coming in, we are beyond capacity really on that highway.’

‘Traffic is moving — it’s not stopped — but it’s taking a long time,’ said Peter Murphy, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation in central Oregon to Fox 13.

Elsewhere, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially worried about what could happen on the roads at the time of the eclipse.

Parts of Middle Tennessee are within the path of totality, which means thousands of people will have flocked to the region.

The TDOT is concerned that people might stop in the middle of the road to watch the eclipse.

We know we’re going to see a large increase in traffic for the days leading up to and probably the days after, but we’re hearing estimates between 300,000 to over a million that could come to the Middle Tennessee area to view this eclipse, so that’s a lot of people,’ the spokeswoman told WKRN.

For those wishing to safely watch from the comfort of their own homes or offices who aren’t able to head to the path of totality, it will be availible to watch online.

A team of researchers from Montana State University has partnered with NASA to participate in the Space Grant Ballooning Project to send more than 50 high-altitude balloons 80,000 feet (24,384 meters) up to capture the solar eclipse as it crosses the country on Aug. 21.

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