Weeks of work for hours of fun: Preparing for the solar eclipse

Soley Eggertsson, from Las Vegas, Nevada, practices with her telescope. “We’ve been on the road for two weeks,” says Eggertsson. “We drove up and spent some time in Glacier National Park before we came over here.” Photo by Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab

For a matter of hours on Monday, people around the nation will stop what they're doing and look towards the sky.

For weeks leading up to the solar eclipse, officials around Oregon have been working tirelessly to prepare for the estimated 1 million people traveling to the path of totality.

Here is how officials around Oregon have been getting ready for the event on Monday.

'One chance to get this right': Oregon managing total solar eclipse as a public emergency

The timing of a weather system currently forecaste to arrive a day after the total solar eclipse August 21 is one of the things to watch as Oregon prepares for an influx of as many as 1 million visitors along the path of totality, state officials said Tuesday in a briefing.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service anticipate normal summer temperatures August 21, a welcome relief after weeks of excessive heat and air quality fouled by wildfire smoke.

Salem-Keizer school district to close campuses, facilities for eclipse

Citing safety concerns, Salem-Keizer Public Schools announced Friday that it will close all facilities for this month’s total solar eclipse.

Salem is in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse, and it is also part of Marion County, which is expecting 100,000 to 500,000 eclipse seekers during the event.

Officials are concerned that such a large number of people descending upon the county will cause traffic nightmares, delays in responding to emergencies and other issues.

Rest stops prepare for influx of travelers

The Oregon Travel Experience has over 17 locations around the state, and they say that they are preparing for the solar eclipse the best way they can:

With lots and lots of toilet paper.

As the solar eclipse gets closer, so do the cars traveling north. More people are filling the rest stops, and bathroom lines are out the door.

State monitors traffic trouble spots, 600+ events amid countdown to eclipse

Travelers getting in place for the Monday morning eclipse are already creating some big traffic backups.

But state authorities at Oregon's Emergency Coordination Center in Salem said Thursday that there are signs people are following directions.

Officials have repeatedly told travelers heading to the eclipse's path of totality in Central Oregon to arrive early at their destinations, stay put and leave later.

How to prepare your pet for the total solar eclipse

You've probably set your plans for the solar eclipse in less than two weeks, but do you know if your pet is prepared?

Oregon's highways are expected to be clogged from Saturday through Monday (possibly Tuesday), so the experts at DoveLewis Animal Hospital recommend you are prepared to handle an emergency with your pet ahead of time.

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