Be prepared for the solar eclipse

  • Courtesy NASA

On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a thin, 100-mile-wide path that runs diagonally across America from Oregon to South Carolina.

Beginning around 2:38 p.m. viewers will experience the longest period of 100 percent total eclipse for a metro area on the entire East Coast of the United States — ranging from 2 minutes and 30 seconds to 2 minutes and 36 seconds of total darkness.

In Hardeeville, the eclipse will pass by at 2:45:50 p.m. and 97.5 percent of the sun expects to be obscured.

In Ridgeland, the eclipse will pass by at 2:45:36 p.m. and 98.4 percent of the sun expects to be obscured.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Start planning now for where you will go to view the eclipse and make sure you’re prepared.
  • Prepare in advance to take care of your normal weekend activities.
  • Fill your car up with gas and buy groceries before the weekend.
  • Even if you do not plan to participate in any eclipse-related activities, expect heavy traffic and extremely busy areas in much of South Carolina.
  • Once you get to your eclipse event, stay there until well after the eclipse is over.
  • If you are driving during the eclipse, keep moving. Do not stop your vehicle along interstates or any roadway.
  • Make sure you have bottled water, sunscreen, first aid kit and protective eyewear like certified eclipse viewing glasses.
  • It is advisable that viewers use eclipse glasses (sunglasses are not enough) when looking at the sun before and after totality. For information on glasses visit eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/iso-certification

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