AAA: "Eclipse Across America" could cause problems for travelers

AAA: "Eclipse Across America" could cause problems for travelers (WKEF/WRGT)

(WKEF/WRGT) – Monday, August 21 is being called “The Eclipse Across America”, an event 99 years in the making.

For the first time since 1918, every state, including Alaska and Hawaii, will be able to see at least a portion of the eclipse.

Ohioans will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, with 80 to 90 percent of the sun obscured. The closest places nearby to see the total eclipse are Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, and AAA is advising people to be prepared for heavy traffic if they’re hitting the road.

“We anticipate the roads are going to be extremely congested,” managing director of leisure travel sales Micki Dudas said. “So if you really want to get that prime location where you will have the totality of the eclipse, you need to anticipate getting there early.”

AAA recommends getting to your location one or two days early, and start booking as soon as possible. Also, be patience and plan for congestion on the road, especially as you get closer to locations within the total path of totality.

If you’re staying in the Miami Valley to watch the eclipse, you can head over to the Fraze Pavilion for a free event put on by the pavilion, FOX 45 and iHeart Radio. We’ll be giving away 1,800 pairs of certified eclipse viewing glasses as we hang out to watch the eclipse from noon to 4 p.m.

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