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Kentucky officials meet with feds to finalize Aug. 21 solar eclipse plans

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just 10 days before Kentucky goes dark in the middle of the afternoon, state and federal officials met to finalize plans for the total solar eclipse.

The planning has been going on for a year. It started with determining the needs of each county as the influx of visitors begins.

Hopkinsville alone could see 100,000 people. Here's what they have lined up:

The National Guard will be on stand-by should they be needed. A Regional Response Center will also be set up in Hopkinsville with 50 emergency management employees on-hand to monitor the situation in 21 Kentucky counties.

"So we'll set that up on Wednesday and Thursday," said Michael Dossett, Kentucky director of Emergency Management. "We'll do testing on Friday. We'll be in full operations on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and quite possibly Tuesday, if there are needs for the egress of visitors and traffic."

The state director of emergency management says his biggest concern is traffic, not only going toward Hopkinsville, but also in the I-65 corridor, in areas like Bowling Green and Franklin. Eclipse viewing will be popular there too. As a result, authorities say it will probably be a good idea to pack some water and snacks -- and be patient -- if you plan to head south to watch the big show.

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