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Transportation officials urge drivers to have a plan as total solar eclipse is one month away

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –  The total solar eclipse is just one month away and transportation officials are urging people to get their plans in place now.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing for about 300,000 people in a city of just over 30,000 for the total solar eclipse.

“So that's a lot on the roads that lead into the community of Hopkinsville,” KYTC Spokesperson Andrea Clifford told WDRB News.

Clifford says before you make the trip have everything planned out from loading up the car with water and snacks to when and where you will be making stops for fuel and restroom breaks.

“Make sure you have all of your supplies already with you because it might be difficult to leave your campsite or hotel or whatever to get to the local grocery stores,” Clifford said. “Instead of just thinking okay I'll just drive along and see what's available because you could be getting into a major traffic area.”

Clifford adds it’s imperative to have a full tank as you approach the Hopkinsville area. In fact transportation officials are estimating the two and-a-half hour trip from Louisville to Hopkinsville could take about four hours.

“People need to understand this is going to be something of major proportions and we want everybody to plan ahead,” Clifford said.

According to NASA any given point on a planet can experience a total solar eclipse once every 375 years. So when it happens next month officials also have this warning for drivers:

“They don't want people stopping on the road in the middle to view the eclipse or trying to pull over on right of ways. You need to go ahead and plan your location where you want to see this event,” Clifford said.

The total eclipse will start around 1:20 p.m. central time in Hopkinsville on August 21.

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