Dear Viewers and Listeners: South Carolina is in the direct path of the continental total solar eclipse, the first in almost 100 years. Anchored in Columbia, with reports...
SCEMD Prepares Businesses, Residents, and Visitors for the 2017 Total Eclipse
South Carolina Emergency managers are planning for an influx of more than one million visitors into South Carolina. Eclipse viewers who gather in areas like Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston will experience the longest period of 100% total eclipse for a metropolitan area on the U.S. East Coast. Hotels and related businesses are expected to be filled above capacity for nearly a week in prime viewing areas. Cell phone service and smartphone Internet are expected to be unavailable inside the path of totality due to the large concentration of people. Cell phone companies will reinforce their network capacity for emergency responders. However, this will not increase capacity for commercial use. Visitors to South Carolina for the eclipse are encouraged to print paper versions of directions, lodging and restaurant reservations, and tickets to local eclipse events they plan to attend.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) has provided travel, commute, and planning recommendations and resources, including live traffic maps and the latest announcements regarding the hours of operation for State Government Offices, for South Carolina residents, businesses, and visitors. New updates to SCEMD eclipse recommendations and resources can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.