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The Sunshine State's Eclipse Forecast is Mostly Cloudy

  1. Clearest spots in west and southwest Florida
  2. Large areas of clouds across north Florida and panhandle
  3. Patchy cloud cover in east-central and southeast Florida

A state known for its sunshine is likely to be about 50 percent covered in clouds during Monday's solar eclipse. Many Floridians will have to look for a break in the skies to see 80 to 90 percent of the moon's shadow cover the sun. The best locations for viewing the solar spectacular will be in parts of south and southwest Florida, while eclipse viewers near and north of I-4 are subject to some disappointment.

https://www.facebook.com/FloridaStorms/videos/1796378807056061/Every state in the US will see at least a partial eclipse, with a thin path of totality slicing through 14 states. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth. It can partially block or completely obscure the sun.  The last time a solar eclipse occurred in the U.S.  was in 1979.

The longest period of totality, lasting 2 minutes and 40 seconds, will occur near Carbondale, Illinois.  The eclipse will be first seen in Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 AM local time, with totality occurring at 10:16 AM. The path of totality is only 70 miles wide, and it will stretch coast to coast from Oregon to South Carolina. The total eclipse ends in the US at 2:48 PM Eastern in Charleston, SC with the lunar shadow leaving the US near Miami at 4:20 PM.

Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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