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ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN: Last minute info you need to know

(Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV) (Lyndsay Tapases/WBTV)
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The day many have waited for is finally here. With the total eclipse within an hour's drive for many of us around the Charlotte area - you still have time to travel to the path of totality in South Carolina, but probably only if you have a place to stay (hotels likely booked!) 

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If you do plan to travel, totality will happen between 2:42 to 2:44 p.m. in Columbia, with about two minutes and 29 seconds of total coverage. Click the thumbnails on the left to find start and end times (both partial and total) for other South Carolina cities.

If you plan to stay and watch the eclipse locally, you'll have about three hours (approximately between 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) to view the eclipse, with a max in the Charlotte area around 2:41 p.m. Max coverage around the Charlotte area will be at 97.9 percent.

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Remember, please do NOT try and view even the tiniest sliver of the sun without certified eclipse glasses or a box viewer, even just for a few seconds!

As far as the cloud forecast, it looks pretty good for most of North Carolina, and with nearly three hours to view the eclipse, you'll have plenty of clear views of the sun.

In South Carolina, it looks like cumulus cloud coverage will be a little denser. So, for those hoping to view those one to two minutes of totality, it is certainly possible that a pesky cumulus cloud could ruin that for you. It would be unlucky, but possible! 

If you do plan to travel, prepare for massive travel delays and backups, especially on Monday. Emergency officials are recommending that travelers have an emergency kit, which includes food, water, a gas can, and cell phone chargers. Might I also recommend a roll of toilet paper?   

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We want this to be a positive experience for everyone, so please remember, safety first. I also suggest putting your phones away, leave the photos to the professionals (there will be LOTS), and just enjoy the show!

You an find all of the information you need to know about the eclipse and all of our eclipse coverage on wbtv.com/eclipse.

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases 

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