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ECLIPSE HOT SPRING COUNTY

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We would love to have some info in case of an emergency. 

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will diagonally pass across North America, with two-thirds of Arkansas along the path of totality and 94% of the state in the swath of coverage. This may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many since the last total solar eclipse was in 1979, and another will not appear until 2045. Arkansas will be a prime viewing spot, drawing scientists, researchers, photographers, stargazers, and eclipse travelers.  

 

The last total eclipse to pass over Arkansas was in 1918

and the next will be in 2045. 

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Approximately 98% of Hot Spring County is in the Path of Totality meaning there will be 100% coverage of the sun.  A small area in southeast HSC (Lono) is not in the path of totality but will still see 99.8% coverage of the sun.

Here's What We Know: (we've been planning for 2 years)

  • None of this is to incite fear, just to advise, so HSC citizens can be prepared.

  • 98% of Hot Spring Co. will see complete darkness (totality) for 2-4 minutes.

  • We have been told to plan for up to 15,000 additional visitors just in HSC.

  • ALL state, county, and municipal public safety agencies will have extra staffing to handle this influx.

  • Based on reports from the 2017 Eclipse states, TRAFFIC will be the biggest issue.

  • All hotels and campgrounds are sold out or will be soon.

  • As of now, ALL HSC schools, except Ouachita School District, will be CLOSED.

What can you do?

  • Get fuel and groceries the week before in case of shortages (locally).

  • Stay home the day of the eclipse to avoid traffic.

  • If you must travel that day plan for extended travel time (3X-4X normal).

  • Get eclipse glasses and enjoy the show. (The library will have them starting 3/8/24)

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Check back for more information!

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