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Traffic before, after solar eclipse leaves travelers searching for entertainment

(WPDE)

Before the eclipse, cars lined the highways bumper to bumper heading south, and the only difference after the eclipse is the direction of the traffic.

U.S. 17 was full of people trying to get to the eclipse, and then it was just as busy with people driving away from totality after the event was over.

"Totally surprised by the traffic. Everyone warned, but, in the end, you end up stuck in the traffic," said Boris Wilke, who came from Austria to view the eclipse on the Grand Strand.

"Traffic is really, really heavy," said Ashlynn Hamilton, who traveled from North Carolina to Pawleys Island to see the eclipse.

Many out of state cars were stuck in the traffic.

Steve McClimon drove from Brunswick County in North Carolina, and he said he was going as far as he could before traffic came to a halt.

"We're going to stop here at Murrells Inlet. I figure about 99 percent totality is enough for us," said McClimon.

Another group was seen sitting in a parking lot in Andrews, apparently stopping right there to watch the eclipse.

But, how did people stay entertained while stuck in the bumper to bumper traffic?

"Listening to music and snapchatting, that's all there is to do," said Hamilton.

"Trying to catch up on phone calls and telling everybody where we're at," said McClimon.

And Wilke had stories of a previous eclipse to keep him, and his friends, company.

"In 1999, I had the opportunity to see an eclipse in Romania and it was tremendous so it's actually my second eclipse and I know what an impressive event it is."


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