CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After weeks of buildup and anticipation, Eclipse Day 2017 is finally here!
Hundreds of thousands of people have made their way to the Carolinas to catch a glimpse of the once-in-a-lifetime event.
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NBC Charlotte Total Eclipse 2017 Blog
6:38 a.m. -- TODAY meteorologist Al Roker joins NBC Charlotte's Brooke Katz aboard the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. to discuss his trip to the Palmetto State and what we can expect with the total solar eclipse. Also joining Al was TODAY puppy Charlie!
"We've been planning for this for like the last six months, we're all geeking out about it," Roker said. "Of course, the weather plays a part of it, which is what's so terrific about it, and we're just so excited."
6:43 a.m. -- NBC Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich hosts a Facebook Live from Lake Murray, S.C.
9:19 a.m. -- Carowinds announces that Carolina Harbor will close from 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. due to limited visibility during the eclipse.
Due to limited visibility during today’s solar eclipse, Carolina Harbor will close today between 1:45 and 3:45 p.m.— Carowinds (@Carowinds) August 21, 2017
10:35 a.m. -- NBC Charlotte launches live coast-to-coast coverage of the Great American Eclipse, starting with a live shot based in Silverton, Ore.
12:10 p.m. EDT -- The partial solar eclipse begins off the coast of Oregon near Silverton.
1:12 p.m. EDT -- The partial solar eclipse begins in Charlotte.
1:22 p.m. EDT -- The solar eclipse reaches totality in Madras, Ore.
2:10 p.m. EDT -- The countdown to max coverage continues in the Charlotte area.
2:25 p.m. EDT -- The solar eclipse is about 17 minutes away from reaching maximum coverage in Rock Hill.
Getting darker here in Rock Hill! So excited! pic.twitter.com/M4H1jd8FW6— Billie Jean Shaw (@BillieJeanTV) August 21, 2017
"South Carolina Flag!" Says one observer here. pic.twitter.com/Via9tcZ4kl— Mike Hanson (@MikeWCNC) August 21, 2017
2:42 p.m. EDT -- The solar eclipse reaches max coverage of 98 percent in Charlotte.
2:43 p.m. EDT -- Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich shares a picture of the max eclipse from Lake Murray, S.C.
2:47 p.m. EDT -- Solar eclipse reaches totality in Charleston, S.C.
3:00 p.m. EDT -- Medic reports there have been zero calls for eye problems.
3:33 p.m. EDT -- Meteorologist Sarah Fortner is already counting down until the next total solar eclipse in the United States.
6 years, 7 months & 18 days until America's next TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE! pic.twitter.com/YS4cpFOlDV— Sarah Fortner (@SarahFortnerWx) August 21, 2017
5:41 p.m. EDT -- Rock Hill city officials tell NBC Charlotte that no injuries were reported in relation to the solar eclipse.
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