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New York State Police join state agencies to prepare for rare solar eclipse


The New York State Police are working alongside other state agencies in preparation for a rare solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024, at approximately 3 p.m. Eastern time. The solar eclipse will trace a narrow path of totality across 15 U.S. states, including much of Western and Upstate New York. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Lake Placid, and Plattsburgh are directly in the path of totality.

New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven G. James said, “The New York State Police is committed to keeping New Yorkers safe and is prepared for any potential increase in traffic the eclipse may bring. Viewing the eclipse from designated areas and preparing for unpredictable weather are some safety tips individuals should keep in mind. We want all New Yorkers and those who visit our great state to have a safe and unforgettable eclipse viewing experience.”

The New York State Police is working closely and coordinating with local and state partners to prepare for any potential increase in traffic and large gatherings. We will enhance patrol coverage throughout these areas and deploy additional Troopers, with a focus on roadways that may be impacted by the eclipse. We remind motorists to be prepared for large volumes of traffic and plan accordingly.

Motorists who must travel in the areas impacted by the eclipse are asked to allow for extra travel time to ensure a careful drive to their destination as we do anticipate large volumes of traffic. We also remind the public to watch the eclipse from designated viewing areas and to avoid stopping on controlled-access highways unless there is an emergency.

Eclipse viewers are also reminded to be prepared in the event of unpredictable weather, especially in the higher elevations. Being prepared with warm clothing, blankets, water, non-perishable food, and a flashlight can reduce safety risks in case of a weather emergency.


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