Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The solar eclipse next Monday morning has already prompted Oregon officials to declare a state of emergency and call out the National Guard.
And while few people will likely be traveling to the Lower Yakima Valley to watch the eclipse, area residents should be prepared anyway, not only with supplies needed to watch the eclipse, but also with a little extra food, water and fuel.
And if you’re planning to head south and into the path of totality for your once-in-a-lifetime view, you would be wise to stock up here first. Across the Oregon border, officials are expecting a run on food, fuel and water. That run may begin as early as Friday.
Eclipse-goers should carry extra supplies, as well as plan for possible hours of traffic delays. State officials also recommend checking oil and coolant levels, and tire conditions heading south.
The eclipse is expected to begin locally at about 9:10 a.m. and last about 2 hours 34 minutes. At the peak, about 96 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon, officials said.
The sky will turn black, the stars will come out and the sun’s corona will be visible. But it’s not the end of the world, and there is no reason to panic, provided you plan ahead.