This is basically what every small town was trying to prepare for in advance of the eclipse. Prineville, the nearest city to the event, is a town of just under 10,000 people. The festival is expected to draw more than 30,000 attendees, and Central Oregon is expected to attract over 200,000 travelers looking to see the eclipse on Monday.
"That’s exactly how this sort of thing will work leading up to the eclipse," Thompson told Time. " All of a sudden there will be a backup, and all of sudden it'll be gone."
This is just one town. Thousands upon thousands will be heading to towns like Casper, Wyoming and Columbia, South Carolina along the line of totality over the weekend. The madness has begun. Be sure to leave a little extra time on your eclipse commute.
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