As the sun sets on the northern end of the United States, solar eclipses are on the minds of many residents in several states.
As of this writing, the sun has not completely eclipsed South Carolina.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that a temporary closure in the state is in place because of an eclipse.
Drivers are encouraged to avoid areas of high visibility.
A partial solar eclipse, with the sun visible only in the southern portion of the U.S., is expected to occur on Aug. 21.
The sun is expected completely to pass over the Carolinas in the middle of the night, then return to the south side of the state to begin its trek to the Gulf Coast.
The eclipse is the longest since 1997, when it occurred.
The path of totality is typically visible from a few hours south of Cape Hatteras.
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