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New York state and city officials urge caution if traveling during solar eclipse

New York state and city authorities are advising caution for those planning to travel during the solar eclipse event. On Monday afternoon, both Empire State and New York City officials are highlighting the potential challenges associated with traveling amidst the celestial phenomenon.

Although the greater New York City area will only witness a partial solar eclipse, with approximately 90% coverage of the sun, the effects are expected to be significant, starting around 3 p.m. and extending for about an hour.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management has issued a warning, emphasizing the need for caution among travelers due to the sudden decrease in natural light.

Governor Kathy Hochul anticipates a considerable influx of visitors to New York State for the event, potentially leading to heightened traffic congestion. Hochul stated, “New York is prepared to welcome visitors from around the world to witness the total solar eclipse on April 8, and I urge all travelers to anticipate increased traffic volumes.”

To facilitate the smooth flow of traffic, the state Department of Transportation has announced the deployment of additional help and tow trucks. However, they advise New Yorkers to take necessary precautions before embarking on their journey to witness the eclipse.

Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez emphasized the importance of enjoying the natural spectacle safely. Dominguez urged residents to plan ahead, anticipate traffic delays, and ensure they have essential supplies such as food, water, blankets, and certified eclipse viewing glasses. Additionally, she reminded people not to park on road shoulders and to exhibit patience during potential delays.

In preparation for the event, construction activities and temporary lane closures will be suspended through Tuesday, as announced by the governor’s office.

Authorities underscored the crucial warning not to gaze directly at the sun during the partial eclipse and to rely only on certified viewing glasses for safe observation.  

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