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Lake County preparing for 2024 total solar eclipse

Mark your calendars! The 2024 total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024.

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — We’re just 13 months away from one of the most spectacular skygazing events – a total solar eclipse – and Ohio will be one of the best spots to see it all unfold.

The big event: April 8, 2024.

Lake County officials say they’re already preparing for the special moment with several “prime” viewing areas, which is expected “to be a significant economic driver” for local hotels, businesses and restaurants.

“The total solar eclipse, along with an anticipated increase in population, will require the coordination of local, state and potentially federal resources,” according to the Lake County Board of Commissioners. “The Lake County Emergency Management Agency (LCEMA), as a planning agency, is in the process of preparing a plan to address the potential issues within Lake County and their surrounding counties associated with the 2024 total solar eclipse.”

For Lake County, the eclipse will occur around 3:12 p.m. and last for four minutes.

Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Dec. 2, 2023.

“The Lake County Emergency Management Agency, working with county stakeholders, has begun early planning, promoting and preparing for this event,” said Lake County EMA Director Joe Busher. “Taking lessons learned from previous large gatherings and incorporating those into the planning process will give Lake County the ability to lessen the impact of the total solar eclipse on our infrastructure making it safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

Editor's note: Video in the player at the top of this story was originally published in a previous article on Feb. 1, 2023.

Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated eclipse story on Nov. 8, 2022.

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