- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - A south-central Wyoming county is making contingency plans in case it’s cloudy in Casper in the hours leading to the total lunar eclipse on Aug. 21 and tens of thousands of people suddenly descend on Carbon County chasing clear skies.

Most people who want to view the total eclipse in Wyoming will travel to Casper. But if it’s cloudy, nearby Rawlins could provide a next-best option with above 95 percent of totality.

Emergency management coordinator John Zeiger tells the Rawlins Daily Times (bit.ly/2tbUvps) that traffic will be the main concern. But he says there could be limits to cellular communications and medical issues involving people who aren’t prepared for the desert heat, altitude and rattlesnakes.

Zeiger says he borrowed much of the plan from contingency plans already developed for Laramie and Natrona counties.

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Information from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times, https://www.rawlinstimes.com


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