EclipseHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/15/17) — Most everyone around Hopkins County is fully aware of Monday’s total solar eclipse.

The moon will completely block the view of the sun at 1:24:32 p.m. in Madisonville that is projected to last 1 minute 47 seconds. A little farther west, Dawson Springs will experience totality at 1:23:58 p.m. for 2 minutes 32 seconds.

Hopkins County Schools will be closed along with several government offices and some businesses.

Workers at Old National Bank downtown said the financial institution will be closed noon-2 p.m.

Eclipse T-shirts and other memorabilia can be seen for sale in many retail stores.

Like many residents, first responders have no idea how many people will invade the area for a chance to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. The last time one could be seen across the U.S. in a swath of totality was 1918.

Hopkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Wright said he has attended several regional and state meetings to prepare for Monday’s solar eclipse.

Wright said the EMA will set up communication posts at locations around the county beginning Friday, with the command post in Nortonville.

“We’re about as ready as we know how to be,” he said at a Hopkins Fiscal Court meeting this morning. “No one has experience with eclipse events,” noting only time will tell. “We’re prepared.”

Sheriff Matt Sanderson said there will be more deputies working Monday to cover any traffic issues along county roads. State police will be handling traffic on the parkway and interstate.

The sheriff doesn’t foresee any problems, indicating they are ready to handle issues just like they do every day of the week.

Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams said the city has been planning for the eclipse about eight months. At meetings, he has heard there could be as few as 5,000 visitors in and around the city, and up to as many as 100,000.

“We plan for every contingency we possibly can, whether that be numbers or incidents, and deliver service we have now and what the eclipse may bring,” Williams said. “Our job description is to solve problems — we have tried and true procedures to deal with everything.”

Local and volunteer fire departments also plan to be out and equipped with extra supplies.

Weather forecasters predicted today that Monday will be partly sunny with a 30 percent of rain.

County and city agencies share the same sentiment that everything will turn out great Monday, and the eclipse will make for good conversation for years to come.

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director

Region 2

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