Michigan – Will you be attending the SOLAR ECLIPSE?
We're two months away from the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. since June 8, 1918. This August 21st, the eclipse will start in Lincoln City, Oregon and spend an hour and a half crossing the country (we'll get our chance to see it between 2:15 and 2:30PM) - exiting the mainland around Charleston, South Carolina. According to Space.com, we won't see a TOTAL solar eclipse around Mid-Michigan - ours will be about 85%. But, if you want to get in your car that morning and head south to southeast Missouri or southern Illinois you'll be in the path of the total eclipse.
And that's what some people are concerned about.
August 21st is a Monday during a time when a lot of people take vacation. Right now, the estimate is somewhere between 2 and 7.5 million people will travel to an area where they can see the total eclipse. But, there's an estimated 200 million people within a days drive of a total eclipse viewing area. How many people will get up and drive to watch it? The U.S Department of Transportation is already putting out advisories about the possibility of huge traffic jams. If you do travel to see the eclipse - just make sure you're ready for the potential traffic.
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