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Gallery: The great American eclipse ends over South Carolina

(Scott Subbert)

The peak of the Great American Total Solar Eclipse is over, with the coast of South Carolina being the last place in the country to experience it.

You can watch the big moment, the corona over McClellanville, in the player below.


Hundreds of people across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee got into position and were able to experience the historic event.

Hundreds of people picked out their spots in Murrells Inlet and with about an hour to go tables were at a premium.

Shortly after noon, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office let people know that Huntington Beach State Park was closed because it had reached capacity.

The Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb also advised all motorists to exercise caution since county roads are expected to be overcrowded due to an influx of people for the solar eclipse.

And the eclipse viewing party along Front Street in Georgetown quickly reached capacity as well!

Steve McClimon drove from Brunswick County in North Carolina, and he said he was just going as far as he can before traffic comes 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.

As of around 11:40 a.m., about 3 hours ahead of the peak of totality, traffic was heating up in the southern end of Horry County into Georgetown County as people headed to the best eclipse viewing spots.

But some people were already safely in place.

Matt Beem and Marcy Arnold both posted photos on Instagram at around 7:30 a.m. saying they were already claiming their spot at Huntington Beach State Park.

And others are also already in position for the big day too, including the WPDE reporters who will be helping cover the historic event for our three-hour special and the dozens of people who are already set up along Front Street in Georgetown.

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