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Eclipse Traffic May Rival Winter Weather Event
As many as a million visitors are expected in Oregon this month as the solar eclipse occurs August 21st. The eclipse will be between Lincoln City and Newport at about 10:15am, then head east cutting a path across the country. Eclipse chasers, along with the heavy summer traffic may clog highways. Triple A of Oregon advises drivers to plan on bumper-to-bumper traffic at times. Factor in any potential crashes and traffic could be stopped for hours.
The eclipse is taking place during fire season so resources may be stretched thin. Oregon cities under the path of totality include Lincoln City, Salem, Corvallis, Madras, Prineville, John Day and Ontario. A partial eclipse will be visible across a much wider path. AAA is gearing up for extreme traffic conditions that may rival severe winter weather. The top three roadside assistance requests during the summer months are dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. With severe gridlock, drivers may run out of fuel. For tips and suggestions, visit www.oregon.aaa.com