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SC Emergency Management officers urge visitors, residents, to have solar eclipse safety plan

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SC Emergency Management officers urge visitors, residents to create a solar eclipse safety plan. (Courtesy: AP Graphics) SC Emergency Management officers urge visitors, residents to create a solar eclipse safety plan. (Courtesy: AP Graphics)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When customers walk in to Up on the Roof they see a view of Greenville.

"It's really quite beautiful," Kirk Watkins said.

He like it so much he became the general manager.

"As you can see up here, you can have the entire mountain skyline and the whole view of the Reedy River," Watkins said.

He also thought the rooftop restaurant and bar would create an out-of-sight experience for a solar eclipse party. 

"You know we're kind of doing a spin where it's a day party when it turns night," Watkins said.

He and other restaurant and hotel managers are getting ready for the August 21 solar eclipse which happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and the moon blocks the sun. 

"I think it's going to be the best view- yes," Watkins said.

Specific shades are needed to protect eyes because of radiation from the eclipse. Watkins wants customers to see and order the restaurants specialty drinks. He got a bight idea to serve Skyy Vodka and Mount Gay Eclipse Rum. 

"Our state is the only state on the Eastern seaboard where this eclipse is actually going to occur," said Derrec Becker, South Carolina's Emergency Management spokesperson.

"We want people to come to South Carolina and enjoy everything that our state has to offer," Becker said.

Becker wants customers and visitors to follow some solar safety tips. He says cell phones should be charged, but people should expect possible disruptions because of crowds.

"Be prepared for crowds at gas stations, grocery stores- pretty much every hotel is going to be booked," Becker said.

He also says there could be heavy traffic.

"So, go ahead and fill your car up with gas," Becker said.

Becker says if drivers are driving during the eclipse to keep moving. 

Don't pull to the side of the interstate to watch the eclipse, that's probably the worst things you can do in that situation," Becker said.

However, Watkins wants customers and visitors to park it Up on The Roof.

"We're on the rooftop," Watkins said.

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