Officials warn public: 'Stock up on food, water, fuel before eclipse'

Preparations are underway in Lorain County, Ohio, as the region braces for a solar eclipse. Concerned about the anticipated influx of tourists, local authorities are urging residents to stock up on essential supplies.

Publication: 28.03.2024 - 13:49
Officials warn public: 'Stock up on food, water, fuel before eclipse'
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The Lorain County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) issued a warning to eclipse observers and locals to stockpile food, water, and fuel due to the expected surge in visitors to the area ahead of the total eclipse scheduled for April 8.


The most recent total solar eclipse in the United States garnered significant attention from observers. NASA released a statement addressing the specifics of the eclipse and highlighting the differences between the recent event and the previous one:

"In 2017, the Sun was approaching its 'solar minimum.' Observers could witness the breathtaking event during the total eclipse. However, since the Sun was calm that day, the light beams penetrating its atmosphere were limited to just the equatorial regions."

"The Sun is expected to be in or near solar maximum during the 2024 eclipse, resulting in a more chaotic magnetic field. Light beams will likely be visible throughout the lunar cycle. Additionally, viewers may have a higher chance of seeing prominences, which appear as bright, pink loops or rings emanating from the Sun."


Experts predict that the eclipse will be visible from Mexico to Canada. The Moon's closer proximity to Earth due to its orbital position means more people will have the opportunity to witness the Sun's corona compared to the 2017 eclipse, resulting in a wider viewing area.

NASA added, "With fortunate timing, there may even be a chance to witness a significant solar eruption known as a coronal mass ejection during the eclipse."


However, concerns have been raised by officials about potential security issues during the eclipse. Last time, there was a worrying surge in Google searches about the consequences of directly staring at the Sun immediately after the eclipse.

This time, it is warned that there could be resource and traffic issues following the anticipated surge in tourists along the eclipse's path.

Lorain County officials cautioned that increased traffic, longer wait times for services such as hospitals and gas stations, and difficulty accessing food and other supplies could occur as people flock to the area before the eclipse.


Dave Freeman, director of the Lorain County EMA, told USA Today, "We may encounter crowds that we're not accustomed to here," adding, "We're not prepared for it infrastructure-wise; we don't have the roads."

According to Yahoo News, Freeman further cautioned, "Most of the roads here are two-lane. After all, this isn't Chicago or Cleveland; we don't have four or six-lane highways, so if there's more crowds than we expect, traffic could be a significant issue here," warning incoming tourists with vehicles.

The EMA also warned about potential signal disruptions due to increased cellphone activity in the area, advising of possible signal degradation due to overload.

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