- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Highway Patrol says it is already planning for tens of thousands of visitors expected to turn out for August’s solar eclipse.

The Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/2fR1tW3) reports the highway patrol could relocate troopers to counties that have traditionally been prime viewing areas for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Troopers and dispatchers won’t be allowed time off between Aug. 14 and Aug. 27, when thousands of revelers visit Wyoming for eclipse festivities. The state is considered one of the best places in the country to catch views of the eclipse.

Event planners in Casper alone are preparing for tens of thousands of visitors. The newspaper reports almost all of the hotel rooms there have already been reserved.

Officials in Teton County have said they could see as many as 40,000 people.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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