Updated: August 21, 2017


AS REPORTS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED IN THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE AREA FOR THIS ONCE IN LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL BE SUSPENDING ROAD CLOSURES UNTIL TUESDAY FOR THE ECLIPSE.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA, THE SUSPENSION STARTED OVER THE WEEKEND IN AN ATTEMPT TO HELP TRAVELERS GET TO THE LOCATIONS WITHOUT TOO MUCH GRID LOCK.  AN IMPORTANT TIP FROM TDOT FOR THOSE GOING TO VIEWING PARTIES TODAY, ARRIVE EARLY TO A LOCATION AND LEAVE EARLY AFTER THE ECLIPSE.  ALSO POLICE ARE WARNING DRIVERS NOT TO STOP ON THE INTERSTATE OR IN AN EMERGENCY LANE DURING THE ECLIPSE.  LOCALLY WE SHOULD EXPECTED THE FIRST SIGN OF THE ECLIPSE AROUND 12:48 WITH PEAK DARKNESS AROUND 1:28.  REMEMBER TO WEAR  MONDAY AFTERNOON.  PEAK DARKNESS FOR THE AREA WILL BE AT 1:28 WHEN THE SUN WILL BE 97 PERCENT COVERED.  BY 2:15 THE ECLIPSE WILL BE OVER.