Horry County preparing for traffic from solar eclipse viewers

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Horry County Emergency Management is promoting educational information and safety preparedness initiatives ahead of the 2017 Solar Eclipse event.

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On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a total eclipse and South Carolina is being advertised in national media sources as the epicenter of this event due to the period of totality experienced, according to a news release.

Horry County is not located along the “path of totality," but some impacts are expected.

  • Expected that the eclipse will cover 99 percent of the sun shining on Horry County, resulting in dusk or twilight conditions for one to two minutes as the eclipse nears the coastal area of the state.
  • May see increased in traffic flow along Hwy 17 and Hwy 701, especially post event
  • Should not see any impacts to infrastructure
  • Weather conditions may impact traffic volume
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