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  • Searches for 'eyes hurt,' 'eye damage' peak during eclipse in South Carolina

    Searches for 'eyes hurt,' 'eye damage' peak during eclipse in South Carolina

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 9:17 AM EDT2017-08-22 13:17:34 GMT
    Viewer "pmariano" viewing the eclipse with goggles. (Source: pmariano)Viewer "pmariano" viewing the eclipse with goggles. (Source: pmariano)

    If Google search trends are any indication, many South Carolina eclipse watchers may not have heeded expert advice, and are now suffering eye pain and damage, or they were at least searching the internet about it Monday.

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    If Google search trends are any indication, many South Carolina eclipse watchers may not have heeded expert advice, and are now suffering eye pain and damage, or they were at least searching the internet about it Monday.

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  • Golfers head to Pawleys Island golf course for unique eclipse experience

    Golfers head to Pawleys Island golf course for unique eclipse experience

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:33 PM EDT2017-08-22 03:33:00 GMT
    Golfers played a round in Pawleys Island and also saw Monday's solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)Golfers played a round in Pawleys Island and also saw Monday's solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)

    A round of golf isn't out of the ordinary in the middle of August - especially along the Grand Strand - but it made for a unique way to take in Monday’s solar eclipse.

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    A round of golf isn't out of the ordinary in the middle of August - especially along the Grand Strand - but it made for a unique way to take in Monday’s solar eclipse.

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  • Thousands pack Georgetown for the solar eclipse

    Thousands pack Georgetown for the solar eclipse

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:11 PM EDT2017-08-22 03:11:33 GMT
    Those in Georgetown on Monday got to experience a total solar eclipse. (Source: Erin Edwards)Those in Georgetown on Monday got to experience a total solar eclipse. (Source: Erin Edwards)

    What people saw Monday in Georgetown is something a lot of them will never see again.

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    What people saw Monday in Georgetown is something a lot of them will never see again.

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  • Francis Marion hosts eclipse viewing party

    Francis Marion hosts eclipse viewing party

    Monday, August 21 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-08-22 02:35:57 GMT
    Francis Marion University eclipse viewing event. (Source: Audrey Biesk)Francis Marion University eclipse viewing event. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

    Francis Marion University hosted a solar eclipse viewing event and opened its gates at the main athletic complex around 12 p.m. Monday ahead of the big event.

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    Francis Marion University hosted a solar eclipse viewing event and opened its gates at the main athletic complex around 12 p.m. Monday ahead of the big event.

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  • Myrtle Beach visitors enjoy the views, reflect on not-so-stellar weather

    Myrtle Beach visitors enjoy the views, reflect on not-so-stellar weather

    Monday, August 21 2017 9:40 PM EDT2017-08-22 01:40:47 GMT
    Lights came on from hotels and the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel as totality approached. (Source: Meredith Helline)Lights came on from hotels and the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel as totality approached. (Source: Meredith Helline)

    Beaches in Myrtle Beach didn't reach capacity like most south strand beaches, but they were full. Thousands flocked to the sand for an enjoyable day to view Monday's solar eclipse.

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    Beaches in Myrtle Beach didn't reach capacity like most south strand beaches, but they were full. Thousands flocked to the sand for an enjoyable day to view Monday's solar eclipse.

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  • Visitors at Myrtle Beach State Park share eclipse experience

    Visitors at Myrtle Beach State Park share eclipse experience

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:32:23 GMT
    Many came to the Myrtle Beach State Park Monday to view the total solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)Many came to the Myrtle Beach State Park Monday to view the total solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)

    Hundreds of people packed Myrtle Beach State Park Monday afternoon to catch a glimpse of the Great American Eclipse. 

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    Hundreds of people packed Myrtle Beach State Park Monday afternoon to catch a glimpse of the Great American Eclipse. 

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  • SLIDESHOW: Viewer-submitted photos of the Great American Eclipse

    SLIDESHOW: Viewer-submitted photos of the Great American Eclipse

    Monday, August 21 2017 4:22 PM EDT2017-08-21 20:22:22 GMT
    Source: Shawn MitchellSource: Shawn Mitchell

    Viewers across the Grand Strand snagged photos of a once-in-a-lifetime event on Monday when the total solar eclipse made its way across the country.

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    Viewers across the Grand Strand snagged photos of a once-in-a-lifetime event on Monday when the total solar eclipse made its way across the country.

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  • WATCH: The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Special

    WATCH: The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Special

    Monday, August 21 2017 4:06 PM EDT2017-08-21 20:06:38 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Watch our complete coverage of the 2017 Great American Eclipse here. 

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    Watch our complete coverage of the 2017 Great American Eclipse here. 

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  • Solar eclipse makes it away across the Grand Strand

    Solar eclipse makes it away across the Grand Strand

    Monday, August 21 2017 3:01 PM EDT2017-08-21 19:01:01 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    The Great American Eclipse made its way across the Grand Strand and the country on Monday afternoon, bringing with it a sense of awe and wonder for millions.

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    The Great American Eclipse made its way across the Grand Strand and the country on Monday afternoon, bringing with it a sense of awe and wonder for millions.

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  • Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know

    Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:57 AM EDT2017-08-21 15:57:28 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Monday, August 21, 2017, is the big day – the Great American Eclipse, a total eclipse of the sun, will take place in our area this afternoon. Here's everything you need to know, including the latest on weather, traffic, eclipse glasses, where and when to watch, and more.

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    Monday, August 21, 2017, is the big day – the Great American Eclipse, a total eclipse of the sun, will take place in our area this afternoon. Here's everything you need to know, including the latest on weather, traffic, eclipse glasses, where and when to watch, and more.

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  • TRAFFIC: Congestion reported on Hwy. 17 as eclipse draws near

    TRAFFIC: Congestion reported on Hwy. 17 as eclipse draws near

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:56 AM EDT2017-08-21 15:56:39 GMT
    SCDOT Traffic map showing congestion on US 17 southbound in Murrells Inlet. (Source: SCDOT)SCDOT Traffic map showing congestion on US 17 southbound in Murrells Inlet. (Source: SCDOT)

    Traffic congestion is being reported on several spots along Highway 17 and Highway 17 Bypass from Surfside Beach to Georgetown as the total solar eclipse draws nearer. An alert from the South Carolina Department of Transportation states that US 17 southbound between the Garden City Connector and Indigo Club Drive is down to an average speed of just 7 miles per hour, for a length of about 9 miles. 

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    Traffic congestion is being reported on several spots along Highway 17 and Highway 17 Bypass from Surfside Beach to Georgetown as the total solar eclipse draws nearer. An alert from the South Carolina Department of Transportation states that US 17 southbound between the Garden City Connector and Indigo Club Drive is down to an average speed of just 7 miles per hour, for a length of about 9 miles. 

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  • Breaking

    City of Georgetown recommends eclipse viewers do not use their glasses

    City of Georgetown recommends eclipse viewers do not use their glasses

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:38 AM EDT2017-08-21 15:38:51 GMT
    If you have the glasses pictured here, the City of Georgetown recommends that you do not use them. (Source: City of Georegown Facebook page)If you have the glasses pictured here, the City of Georgetown recommends that you do not use them. (Source: City of Georegown Facebook page)

    The City of Georgetown is recommending eclipse viewers do not use eclipse glasses distributed by them, as their vendor for the glasses has not tested them and cannot confirm that they are safe to use.

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    The City of Georgetown is recommending eclipse viewers do not use eclipse glasses distributed by them, as their vendor for the glasses has not tested them and cannot confirm that they are safe to use.

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  • Don't toss those eclipse glasses - donate them to students in South America and Asia

    Don't toss those eclipse glasses - donate them to students in South America and Asia

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:37 AM EDT2017-08-21 15:37:10 GMT
    (Source: Astronomers without Borders Facebook page)(Source: Astronomers without Borders Facebook page)

    So what do you do with those eclipse glasses after the eclipse is over? Don’t throw them out! A group called Astronomers Without Borders has announced a program to collect eclipse glasses to be send to schools in South America and Asia for when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.

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    So what do you do with those eclipse glasses after the eclipse is over? Don’t throw them out! A group called Astronomers Without Borders has announced a program to collect eclipse glasses to be send to schools in South America and Asia for when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.

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  • Researchers to study animal behavior at zoo during eclipse

    Researchers to study animal behavior at zoo during eclipse

    Monday, August 21 2017 8:54 AM EDT2017-08-21 12:54:23 GMT
    Riverbanks Zoo flamingos Monday morning (Source: WIS)Riverbanks Zoo flamingos Monday morning (Source: WIS)

    Researchers will be at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden during the eclipse Monday to see if it has any effect the zoo's nearly 2,000 animals. 

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    Researchers will be at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden during the eclipse Monday to see if it has any effect the zoo's nearly 2,000 animals. 

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  • Cell phone service may blackout during eclipse

    Cell phone service may blackout during eclipse

    Monday, August 21 2017 6:01 AM EDT2017-08-21 10:01:01 GMT
    Source: Erin EdwardsSource: Erin Edwards

    The sky is not the only thing that could blackout during the eclipse. Cell providers are reporting that a connection jam is possible during Monday’s event. The eclipse itself will not affect cell service, but tech experts explain thousands of people attempting to share their excitement online could severely degrade your cell phone connection.

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    The sky is not the only thing that could blackout during the eclipse. Cell providers are reporting that a connection jam is possible during Monday’s event. The eclipse itself will not affect cell service, but tech experts explain thousands of people attempting to share their excitement online could severely degrade your cell phone connection.

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  • Tidelands Health to close some facilities during eclipse

    Tidelands Health to close some facilities during eclipse

    Friday, August 18 2017 7:35 PM EDT2017-08-18 23:35:34 GMT
    Source: Audrey BieskSource: Audrey Biesk

    The Great American Eclipse is bringing in visitors from all over to the region and Tidelands Health is making sure its hospitals are ready in case of an emergency.

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    The Great American Eclipse is bringing in visitors from all over to the region and Tidelands Health is making sure its hospitals are ready in case of an emergency.

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  • Georgetown County law enforcement treating eclipse traffic like a hurricane evacuation

    Georgetown County law enforcement treating eclipse traffic like a hurricane evacuation

    Friday, August 18 2017 7:24 PM EDT2017-08-18 23:24:03 GMT
    Source: Audrey BieskSource: Audrey Biesk

    The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is recommending a safety plan for the Great American Eclipse on Monday.

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    The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is recommending a safety plan for the Great American Eclipse on Monday.

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  • Solar eclipse to bring plenty of fish to catch

    Solar eclipse to bring plenty of fish to catch

    Friday, August 18 2017 6:33 PM EDT2017-08-18 22:33:05 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    The solar eclipse may be getting most of the attention, but the ocean will also provide some interesting sights - and bites - on Monday. 

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    The solar eclipse may be getting most of the attention, but the ocean will also provide some interesting sights - and bites - on Monday. 

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  • How to make sure your eclipse glasses are certified

    How to make sure your eclipse glasses are certified

    Friday, August 18 2017 3:42 PM EDT2017-08-18 19:42:32 GMT
    Officials are encouraging people to make sure their eclipse glasses are certified. (Source: WMBF News)Officials are encouraging people to make sure their eclipse glasses are certified. (Source: WMBF News)

    Many have already gotten their special glasses ahead of Monday's eclipse. The important thing that should be noted is whether or not they are certified.

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    Many have already gotten their special glasses ahead of Monday's eclipse. The important thing that should be noted is whether or not they are certified.

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  • Great American Eclipse: Tips for Viewing Totality

    Great American Eclipse: Tips for Viewing Totality

    Friday, August 18 2017 9:55 AM EDT2017-08-18 13:55:12 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News
    GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - As we head into the homestretch for the Great American Eclipse on Monday, many of you will have your eyes on the moon's path of totality.  The path of totality includes portions of our viewing area, meaning everywhere south of Pawleys Island and southwest of Lake City, Hopewell, Indiantown, will experience total darkness Astronomers have pinpointed the duration down to the exact minute, so it will be handy to have an ala...More >>
    GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - As we head into the homestretch for the Great American Eclipse on Monday, many of you will have your eyes on the moon's path of totality.  The path of totality includes portions of our viewing area, meaning everywhere south of Pawleys Island and southwest of Lake City, Hopewell, Indiantown, will experience total darkness Astronomers have pinpointed the duration down to the exact minute, so it will be handy to have an ala...More >>
  • What's Happening: Grand Strand offering a wealth of eclipse parties

    What's Happening: Grand Strand offering a wealth of eclipse parties

    Thursday, August 17 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-08-18 03:12:09 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    From Georgetown to North Myrtle Beach, there are numerous eclipse parties and activities happening and you'll be glad to know many of them are free.

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    From Georgetown to North Myrtle Beach, there are numerous eclipse parties and activities happening and you'll be glad to know many of them are free.

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  • FIRST ALERT: Eclipse-goers need to plan for heat and humidity

    FIRST ALERT: Eclipse-goers need to plan for heat and humidity

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-08-16 21:45:11 GMT
    Eclipse forecastEclipse forecast

    The persistent weather pattern that's keeping us hot and humid this week will continue into early next week, including Monday for the Great American Eclipse.

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    The persistent weather pattern that's keeping us hot and humid this week will continue into early next week, including Monday for the Great American Eclipse.

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  • Solar eclipse glasses are selling out; here are some alternative ways to keep your eyes safe

    Solar eclipse glasses are selling out; here are some alternative ways to keep your eyes safe

    Monday, August 14 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-08-14 21:14:36 GMT
    NASA approved solar eclipse glasses (Source: Holly DeLoache)NASA approved solar eclipse glasses (Source: Holly DeLoache)

    Unless you’re really out of the loop, you know we’re right on the brink of a solar eclipse in our area. And if this is the first you're hearing of the eclipse, you should know you'll need special glasses in order to view it safely. While the moon will be covering the sun, parts of the sun will still be exposed, and you risk irreversible eye damage if you don’t protect yourself on August 21. 

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    Unless you’re really out of the loop, you know we’re right on the brink of a solar eclipse in our area. And if this is the first you're hearing of the eclipse, you should know you'll need special glasses in order to view it safely. While the moon will be covering the sun, parts of the sun will still be exposed, and you risk irreversible eye damage if you don’t protect yourself on August 21. 

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  • Eclipse glasses still available at Georgetown libraries, eclipse events

    Eclipse glasses still available at Georgetown libraries, eclipse events

    Monday, August 14 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-08-14 20:00:56 GMT
    (Source: Georgetown County Library on Facebook)(Source: Georgetown County Library on Facebook)

    If you're still looking to get your hands on some free solar eclipse viewing glasses, the Georegtown County Library still has some available. According to a Facebook post from Georgetown Libraries, one pair of glasses per person can be claimed while supplies last at Georgetown and Waccamaw Libraries, as well as at the remaining pre-eclipse events scheduled by the organization.

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    If you're still looking to get your hands on some free solar eclipse viewing glasses, the Georegtown County Library still has some available. According to a Facebook post from Georgetown Libraries, one pair of glasses per person can be claimed while supplies last at Georgetown and Waccamaw Libraries, as well as at the remaining pre-eclipse events scheduled by the organization.

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  • FIRST ALERT: WMBF News eclipse glasses are now gone

    FIRST ALERT: WMBF News eclipse glasses are now gone

    Monday, August 14 2017 3:39 PM EDT2017-08-14 19:39:45 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    The entire shipment of WMBF News eclipse glasses has been claimed. The glasses were first made available on Friday at WonderWorks at Broadway at the Beach, and by Monday afternoon, every pair had been claimed. 

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    The entire shipment of WMBF News eclipse glasses has been claimed. The glasses were first made available on Friday at WonderWorks at Broadway at the Beach, and by Monday afternoon, every pair had been claimed. 

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  • Marla shows how to make a pinhole viewer for the solar eclipse

    Marla shows how to make a pinhole viewer for the solar eclipse

    Monday, August 14 2017 3:25 PM EDT2017-08-14 19:25:46 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    If you’re having trouble finding solar eclipse glasses, or if you want a fun craft activity to do with your kids, you can easily make a pinhole viewer with materials found around the house. Meteorologist Marla Branson sat down with her son Owen to walk through the steps of creating a pinhole viewer out of a cereal box, some white paper, aluminum foil and tape.

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    If you’re having trouble finding solar eclipse glasses, or if you want a fun craft activity to do with your kids, you can easily make a pinhole viewer with materials found around the house. Meteorologist Marla Branson sat down with her son Owen to walk through the steps of creating a pinhole viewer out of a cereal box, some white paper, aluminum foil and tape.

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  • The Great American Solar Eclipse could have minor impacts on solar power usage

    The Great American Solar Eclipse could have minor impacts on solar power usage

    Friday, August 11 2017 4:56 AM EDT2017-08-11 08:56:22 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The "Great American Eclipse" will almost completely shut out the sun. This could affect hundreds of homes across our area that rely on the sun for power. While millions with glasses look up at the sky to safely watch the eclipse, solar specialist Tom Ferraro will be keeping his eye on his customers’ solar power meters. "When it comes across South Carolina, it's kinda equivalent to a Thunderstorm. So what's going to happen is...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The "Great American Eclipse" will almost completely shut out the sun. This could affect hundreds of homes across our area that rely on the sun for power. While millions with glasses look up at the sky to safely watch the eclipse, solar specialist Tom Ferraro will be keeping his eye on his customers’ solar power meters. "When it comes across South Carolina, it's kinda equivalent to a Thunderstorm. So what's going to happen is...More >>
  • CCU students petition to cancel classes for eclipse

    CCU students petition to cancel classes for eclipse

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-08-09 21:36:11 GMT
    There's a petition going around to cancel classes for students at Coastal Carolina University so they can have the opportunity to watch the solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)There's a petition going around to cancel classes for students at Coastal Carolina University so they can have the opportunity to watch the solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)

    There's a petition going around to cancel classes for students at Coastal Carolina University so they can have the opportunity to watch the solar eclipse. 

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    There's a petition going around to cancel classes for students at Coastal Carolina University so they can have the opportunity to watch the solar eclipse. 

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  • 'Remain ever vigilant' of Lizard Man during eclipse, SCEMD says

    'Remain ever vigilant' of Lizard Man during eclipse, SCEMD says

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-08-09 18:48:35 GMT
    (Source: Sarah/WIS Viewer)(Source: Sarah/WIS Viewer)

    If you haven't heard of the myriad of things you should be worried about during Aug. 21's Total Solar Eclipse, then allow the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management to add another thing to worry about to your list.

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    If you haven't heard of the myriad of things you should be worried about during Aug. 21's Total Solar Eclipse, then allow the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management to add another thing to worry about to your list.

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  • Myrtle Beach Skywheel to host eclipse party

    Myrtle Beach Skywheel to host eclipse party

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-08-08 21:25:43 GMT
    Partial EclipsePartial Eclipse
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  The Skywheel in Myrtle Beach will be providing views of the eclipse from 212 feet above the ground.  While Myrtle Beach is not in the area of totality, 99.4% of the sun will be blocked by the moon on eclipse day - August 21st.  To celebrate the eclipse, The Myrtle Beach Skywheel will be offering unlimited rides from 2:00 PM through 4:00 PM - during the peak time of the eclipse.  In addition to the rides on the Skywheel, food and drinks w...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  The Skywheel in Myrtle Beach will be providing views of the eclipse from 212 feet above the ground.  While Myrtle Beach is not in the area of totality, 99.4% of the sun will be blocked by the moon on eclipse day - August 21st.  To celebrate the eclipse, The Myrtle Beach Skywheel will be offering unlimited rides from 2:00 PM through 4:00 PM - during the peak time of the eclipse.  In addition to the rides on the Skywheel, food and drinks w...More >>
  • Traffic, road safety will be big issues during eclipse on Aug. 21

    Traffic, road safety will be big issues during eclipse on Aug. 21

    Monday, August 7 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-08-07 18:07:37 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    During a phenomenon like a solar eclipse, getting from point A to point B can become very dangerous.

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    During a phenomenon like a solar eclipse, getting from point A to point B can become very dangerous.

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  • Local photographers are preparing for the Great American Eclipse

    Local photographers are preparing for the Great American Eclipse

    Sunday, August 6 2017 12:41 PM EDT2017-08-06 16:41:13 GMT
    Total Eclipse with corona visible (Source: WMBF)Total Eclipse with corona visible (Source: WMBF)

    On August 21 millions of people will look to the sky to catch the Great American Eclipse and thousands of brave photographers will attempt to capture it through their camera lens. Photographers will wait hours to capture the eclipse and they’ll have just under two minutes to do so. “It’s a one in a lifetime chance,” said Tidelands Photography Club President, Ed Robidoux. 

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    On August 21 millions of people will look to the sky to catch the Great American Eclipse and thousands of brave photographers will attempt to capture it through their camera lens. Photographers will wait hours to capture the eclipse and they’ll have just under two minutes to do so. “It’s a one in a lifetime chance,” said Tidelands Photography Club President, Ed Robidoux. 

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  • GA sheriff's Facebook post: 'Pregnant women should smoke and drink liquor' during eclipse

    GA sheriff's Facebook post: 'Pregnant women should smoke and drink liquor' during eclipse

    Friday, August 4 2017 2:09 PM EDT2017-08-04 18:09:33 GMT
    The post begins with Sheriff Scott Berry warning residents of "celestial forces no one understands" blocking the glorious rays of the sun. (Source: Oconee County, GA Sheriff's Office Facebook page)The post begins with Sheriff Scott Berry warning residents of "celestial forces no one understands" blocking the glorious rays of the sun. (Source: Oconee County, GA Sheriff's Office Facebook page)

    The post begins with Sheriff Scott Berry warning residents of "celestial forces no one understands" blocking the glorious rays of the sun. This cataclysmic event is set to take place when your kids are hopping off their school buses.  

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    The post begins with Sheriff Scott Berry warning residents of "celestial forces no one understands" blocking the glorious rays of the sun. This cataclysmic event is set to take place when your kids are hopping off their school buses.  

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  • With 1 million+ visitors expected for the total solar eclipse, SC officials urge safety, patience

    With 1 million+ visitors expected for the total solar eclipse, SC officials urge safety, patience

    Friday, August 4 2017 12:10 PM EDT2017-08-04 16:10:58 GMT
    The total solar eclipse is one month away. Where will you be during the event?The total solar eclipse is one month away. Where will you be during the event?

     The press conference is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. 

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     The press conference is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. 

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  • "Great American Eclipse" astronomical alignment could affect the ocean

    "Great American Eclipse" astronomical alignment could affect the ocean

    Friday, August 4 2017 5:21 AM EDT2017-08-04 09:21:32 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - On Monday August 21st, all eyes will be on the sky as the Great American Solar Eclipse passes overhead. This astronomical event could possibly impact our oceans as well. The astronomical alignment of the sun, moon and earth means the gravitational forces of the sun and the moon will all be acting together to force the tides to be at their largest range, known as "Spring Tides." This means the high tides will be at their highest and the l...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - On Monday August 21st, all eyes will be on the sky as the Great American Solar Eclipse passes overhead. This astronomical event could possibly impact our oceans as well. The astronomical alignment of the sun, moon and earth means the gravitational forces of the sun and the moon will all be acting together to force the tides to be at their largest range, known as "Spring Tides." This means the high tides will be at their highest and the l...More >>
  • FIRST ALERT: Solar Eclipse to put on a show of shadows

    FIRST ALERT: Solar Eclipse to put on a show of shadows

    Thursday, August 3 2017 10:49 AM EDT2017-08-03 14:49:57 GMT
    Crescent shaped shadows from a tree during an eclipseCrescent shaped shadows from a tree during an eclipse

    The solar eclipse across the country on Aug. 21 will not only provide an amazing celestial show in the sky, but shadows down here on Earth will put on quite a show as well. 

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    The solar eclipse across the country on Aug. 21 will not only provide an amazing celestial show in the sky, but shadows down here on Earth will put on quite a show as well. 

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  • 'Quite dramatic' eclipse provides research opportunity, odd shadows, travel options

    'Quite dramatic' eclipse provides research opportunity, odd shadows, travel options

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 12:20 PM EDT2017-08-01 16:20:04 GMT

    The primary modern research focus is to learn why the sun's corona is so hot. The sun's surface is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, but the corona can reach 1 million degrees.

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    The primary modern research focus is to learn why the sun's corona is so hot. The sun's surface is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, but the corona can reach 1 million degrees.

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  • Several places in the Pee Dee to host "Great American Eclipse" events

    Several places in the Pee Dee to host "Great American Eclipse" events

    Friday, July 28 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-07-28 16:04:15 GMT
    Total Eclipse with corona visibleTotal Eclipse with corona visible
    FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - We are only a few weeks away from the moon's shadow eclipsing our area.  Afternoon daylight turns to darkness as over 99% of the sun will be covered by the moon on Monday August 21st. To help you prepare for this incredible experience, Francis Marion University is hosting solar workshops during the weekend leading up to the eclipse. There are workshops for families of all ages, and topics include the total solar eclipse and a presentation o...More >>
    FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - We are only a few weeks away from the moon's shadow eclipsing our area.  Afternoon daylight turns to darkness as over 99% of the sun will be covered by the moon on Monday August 21st. To help you prepare for this incredible experience, Francis Marion University is hosting solar workshops during the weekend leading up to the eclipse. There are workshops for families of all ages, and topics include the total solar eclipse and a presentation o...More >>
  • "Great American Eclipse" Events across the Grand Strand

    "Great American Eclipse" Events across the Grand Strand

    Friday, July 28 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-07-28 15:55:27 GMT
    (Source: FamilyFun Magazine)(Source: FamilyFun Magazine)
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Our countdown to the passage of the Total Solar Eclipse IS ON!  After beginning in Oregon and darkening skies for thousands of miles across the country, the eclipse's last stop in the United States on Monday August 21st, is here on the beaches of South Carolina.  Both Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park will both have Beach viewings all afternoon. Those very important eclipse glasses will also be sold a...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Our countdown to the passage of the Total Solar Eclipse IS ON!  After beginning in Oregon and darkening skies for thousands of miles across the country, the eclipse's last stop in the United States on Monday August 21st, is here on the beaches of South Carolina.  Both Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park will both have Beach viewings all afternoon. Those very important eclipse glasses will also be sold a...More >>
  • Keep safety in mind ahead of next month's solar eclipse

    Keep safety in mind ahead of next month's solar eclipse

    Monday, July 24 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-07-24 22:05:00 GMT
    Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay

    A total solar eclipse will appear on Aug. 21, 2017. This means a sudden boom in people in our state, which means a few different things for residents, visitors, and businesses.

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    A total solar eclipse will appear on Aug. 21, 2017. This means a sudden boom in people in our state, which means a few different things for residents, visitors, and businesses.

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  • Black River Outdoors offering 'Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour' along Santee River

    Black River Outdoors offering 'Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour' along Santee River

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:54 AM EDT2017-07-23 14:54:42 GMT
    (Source: Black River Outdoors Facebook page)(Source: Black River Outdoors Facebook page)

    If you’re looking for a fun way to watch the solar eclipse, how about watching it from a kayak along the Santee River? Black River Outdoors announced they’re hosting a ‘Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour' on August 21.  The tour is guided, and all levels of kayaking experience are welcome. 

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    If you’re looking for a fun way to watch the solar eclipse, how about watching it from a kayak along the Santee River? Black River Outdoors announced they’re hosting a ‘Total Solar Eclipse Kayak Tour' on August 21.  The tour is guided, and all levels of kayaking experience are welcome. 

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  • ECLIPSE: How to safely watch and photograph the Great American Eclipse

    ECLIPSE: How to safely watch and photograph the Great American Eclipse

    Friday, July 21 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-07-21 21:39:53 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    We are in Eclipse overdrive and if you are excited to see it first hand, there are a few safety tips you need to know.  The most important piece of viewing information is that the ONLY time it's okay to look directly at the sun is when the eclipse is in totality and if you're in the path of totality. 

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    We are in Eclipse overdrive and if you are excited to see it first hand, there are a few safety tips you need to know.  The most important piece of viewing information is that the ONLY time it's okay to look directly at the sun is when the eclipse is in totality and if you're in the path of totality. 

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  • ECLIPSE: What about the weather?

    ECLIPSE: What about the weather?

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-07-21 20:12:26 GMT
    Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay

    Weather is obviously very important to viewing the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. While it's too early to know exactly what the weather will be like on eclipse day, we can gather some general ideas.

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    Weather is obviously very important to viewing the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. While it's too early to know exactly what the weather will be like on eclipse day, we can gather some general ideas.

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  • Just how rare is an eclipse this close to home?

    Just how rare is an eclipse this close to home?

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:30 AM EDT2017-07-21 15:30:30 GMT

    We’re officially a month away from the "Great American Eclipse!" But how rare is it to have an eclipse so close to home? 

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    We’re officially a month away from the "Great American Eclipse!" But how rare is it to have an eclipse so close to home? 

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  • FIRST ALERT: One month and counting until the Great American Eclipse

    FIRST ALERT: One month and counting until the Great American Eclipse

    Thursday, July 20 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-07-21 02:30:55 GMT

    Aug. 21, 2017 will bring what is being called the "Great American Eclipse," which will cross the United States from Newport, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

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    Aug. 21, 2017 will bring what is being called the "Great American Eclipse," which will cross the United States from Newport, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

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  • Several events planned to get you ready for the Great American Eclipse

    Several events planned to get you ready for the Great American Eclipse

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 8:56 AM EDT2017-07-19 12:56:52 GMT

    Several events to educate the public about the Great American Eclipse are scheduled over the next few weeks. While the entire region will see the eclipse on August 21st, the path of the total eclipse will only pass through Williamsburg and Georgetown Counties where most of the upcoming events are set to take place.

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    Several events to educate the public about the Great American Eclipse are scheduled over the next few weeks. While the entire region will see the eclipse on August 21st, the path of the total eclipse will only pass through Williamsburg and Georgetown Counties where most of the upcoming events are set to take place.

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  • Protect your eyes when watching the total eclipse next month

    Protect your eyes when watching the total eclipse next month

    Monday, July 17 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-07-17 23:57:37 GMT
    Special glasses are needed for viewing a total solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)Special glasses are needed for viewing a total solar eclipse. (Source: WMBF News)

    The sight of a total solar eclipse is an event you can't miss, but your health and safety are very important.

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    The sight of a total solar eclipse is an event you can't miss, but your health and safety are very important.

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  • Tidelands Health: All free eclipse glasses claimed

    Tidelands Health: All free eclipse glasses claimed

    Monday, July 17 2017 6:40 AM EDT2017-07-17 10:40:45 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Tidelands Health is giving away free eclipse glasses to families in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties as part of their #seeitsafely eclipse campaign.

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    Tidelands Health is giving away free eclipse glasses to families in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties as part of their #seeitsafely eclipse campaign.

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  • In the moon’s shadow: Georgetown County libraries plan events around solar eclipse

    In the moon’s shadow: Georgetown County libraries plan events around solar eclipse

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 6:09 AM EDT2017-07-11 10:09:14 GMT
    Georgetown will fall in the line of totality of the Great American Eclipse Aug. 21, a 70-mile-wide stretch of land from South Carolina to Oregon, where the eclipse is visible. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)Georgetown will fall in the line of totality of the Great American Eclipse Aug. 21, a 70-mile-wide stretch of land from South Carolina to Oregon, where the eclipse is visible. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
    GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Georgetown will fall in the line of totality of the Great American Eclipse Aug. 21, a 70-mile-wide stretch of land from South Carolina to Oregon, where the eclipse is visible. According to a news release, the Georgetown County Library System has planned six entertaining events to highlight the growing eclipse fever. The fun includes free scientific lectures and hands-on kids’ events. Attendees receive eclipse glasses. A lecture called &ldq...More >>
    GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Georgetown will fall in the line of totality of the Great American Eclipse Aug. 21, a 70-mile-wide stretch of land from South Carolina to Oregon, where the eclipse is visible. According to a news release, the Georgetown County Library System has planned six entertaining events to highlight the growing eclipse fever. The fun includes free scientific lectures and hands-on kids’ events. Attendees receive eclipse glasses. A lecture called &ldq...More >>
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