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NCDOT: Thousands expected in Western North Carolina for total solar eclipse

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WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA (FOX Carolina) -

For the first time in 99 years a total solar eclipse will make its way across the US on August 21.

The eclipse will pass through Western North Carolina and thousands are expected to travel to see the phenomenon in person.

"It’s very possible to have people from all over the country come here to Western North Carolina and South Carolina for the eclipse," said David Uchiyama, Western Area Communications Officer for NCDOT.

The entire phenomenon will last less than 3 minutes, but plenty of preparation is going into this show.

NCDOT created a traffic plan to accommodate the influx of travelers.

"We want people to plan ahead, arrive early, stay put and leave late," said Uchiyama.

NCDOT said large crowds will generate heavy traffic and drivers should pay close attention to temporary road signs giving details about traffic conditions.

"We will have simple things like message boards and traffic cameras,” said Uchiyama.

NCDOT said they will have finalized traffic plans and alternate routes next week.

Travelers can dial 511 for real-time traffic updates or find out more here.

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