The rare event of the total solar eclipse is approaching fast, on August 21st. Tellico Plains is in the 70-mile path of “totality,” which runs from Oregon to South Carolina. Predictions of thousand of viewers descending on our town and our neighboring Cherokee National Forest have resulted in a full calendar of events, beginning on Saturday, as well as a list of precautions due to high traffic and volumes of visitors.
The Cherokee National Forest website has great eclipse information, including an animated movie which simulates what viewers will witness before, during and after the approximate 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality. The website also describes viewing points in the forest, camping information, and temporary Forest Service road closures to vehicles. Link to this valuable info here. The USDA press release about the impact of the eclipse in our area warns: “….be prepared for the unexpected. The eclipse is expected to have impacts on highways, gasoline supplies and other basic needs. Bring plenty of water, food, sunscreen, insect repellant, extra clothing, first aid kit, a map and anything else you might need to help make your visit safer and more enjoyable. Check local weather forecasts periodically and don’t forget your solar eclipse viewing glasses.”
Be safe as you enjoy this historic event!