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4 Western States Are Braced For A Cosmic Traffic Jam.....Caused By The American Eclipse

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4 Western states within the path of totality are getting ready as if theyâEUR(TM)re expecting a natural disaster. There are task forces, hotlines, and rerouted police. Local resources will be overwhelmed.


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Fiona O (561)
Friday August 18, 2017, 9:25 pm
With an estimated 1 million people coming to Oregon alone, the state’s Department of Transportation is warning of a “cosmic traffic jam.” Oregon’s 1,300 campsites near the path of totality were reserved within an hour of becoming available online in November. The state added an additional 1,000 “eclipse” campsites in April.

Some hotels have cancelled old reservations and tripled their rates, provoking lawsuits from angry patrons. In Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is anticipating its “busiest day ever,” according to its website, as backpackers descend on the park’s first-come-first-serve campsites and permits. Idaho is expecting up to several hundred thousand visitors, with totality passing primarily over its five national forests.

Philippa Powers (10)
Friday August 18, 2017, 9:57 pm
Noted. Thanks, Fiona.

Freya H (358)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 7:10 am
I'm in Georgia, less than two hours from totality. I am planning to drive to a northeast Georgia town with friends.

Fiona O (561)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 7:51 am
That would be a fun drive, Freya. I know the territory. I went to school in Athens.
My daughter is the emergency physician for Yosemite National park.....but the National Park Service made arrangements for another doctor for Yosemite this weekend. She is already in North Carolina at Great Smokey Mountain National Park where the Park Service knows there will be huge crowds.

Peggy B (43)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 10:48 am

Tom P (29)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 12:56 pm
The marketing f the solar eclipse. Even with that, still awesome though.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 1:37 pm
Thanks Fiona

Lenore K (0)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 2:30 pm

Ian Crory (31)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 2:58 pm
Got ya

Janet B (0)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 7:47 pm

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday August 20, 2017, 3:13 am

Sylvie A (194)
Sunday August 20, 2017, 3:53 am
Noted. Thank you

Patricia E G (54)
Sunday August 20, 2017, 3:53 am
So many of us are Star gazers and Sky watchers.
This rare eclipse coincides with my birthday this year,
so I'm excited to travel to witness the unique planetary
phenomenon as are many others.
Thank you Fiona.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday September 4, 2017, 4:08 am
Hope it is better now.
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