Full hotels, emergency plans: Cities along eclipse path brace for chaos

Source: USA Today

“Tens of thousands of stargazers will crowd downtown Dallas to witness April’s total solar eclipse. Campground lodging and local hotels are nearly sold out in Erie, Pennsylvania. Indianapolis is hosting one of the largest watch parties in the nation alongside the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. And many hotel rooms and vacation rentals on the path are either sold out or listed at sky-high prices. … Massive crowds make for massive traffic jams, and city officials said they’ve been working for years to help ease the coming gridlock. Many town officials on the path of totality consulted city leaders who were on the path of totality during the 2017 total eclipse to inform their planning for this year’s event, they told USA TODAY.” (03/30/24)