America Braces for Total Eclipse: Traffic Jams and Overbooked Flights

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Eclipse Fever Grips the Nation

America Braces for Total Eclipse Traffic Jams and Overbooked Flights
America Braces for Total Eclipse Traffic Jams and Overbooked Flights

As the total solar eclipse approaches on Monday, America finds itself in the throes of eclipse fever. Millions are flocking to witness this historic event, leading to unprecedented traffic jams and overbooked flights and hotels. With excitement reaching a fever pitch, cities and towns along the path of totality are gearing up for an influx of visitors from Texas to Maine.

Eclipse Survival Guide: Navigating the Chaos

For those embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime journey, preparation is key. Rental car bookings have skyrocketed by 3,000%, while searches for Airbnb rentals have surged by 1,000%. The cost of plane tickets has soared, with some travelers shelling out thousands of dollars for a round trip.

State of emergency has been declared in New York as authorities brace for the arrival of over a million tourists at Niagara Falls. Memories of the 2017 eclipse, which resulted in chaotic traffic in Rural Oregon, loom large, serving as a stark reminder of the challenges ahead.

Cloudy Skies and Uncertain Weather

Despite the anticipation, there’s no guarantee of clear skies. Cloud cover threatens to obstruct the view, leaving eclipse enthusiasts anxious. Nevertheless, many remain undeterred, traveling long distances in the hopes of catching a glimpse of this rare cosmic event.

Dan Lang, accompanied by his son Samuel and pet parrot Pearl, is driving 16 hours from Minnesota to Austin, Texas, with optimism. “Even if it’s cloudy, Texas in April usually clears up,” he remarks, echoing the sentiment of many hopeful spectators.

Safety First: Eclipse Driving Tips

As roads become increasingly congested with eclipse-goers, safety is paramount. AAA’s Alex Slaty advises against wearing eclipse glasses while driving, emphasizing the importance of staying focused on the road. With pedestrians potentially distracted by the celestial phenomenon, vigilance is essential to ensure a safe journey for all.

As America braces for the total eclipse, anticipation mounts. Whether clear skies or cloudy, millions are poised to witness this awe-inspiring event, marking a moment of unity amidst the chaos of travel.

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