After years of anticipation, total solar eclipse moves over Georgia

ATLANTA — Thousands of people across Georgia were left in awe after the total solar eclipse passed through the state Monday.

We will have LIVE coverage of the eclipse across the southeast on Channel 2 Action News.

After a near-miss because of cloud cover and a roller-coaster of emotions, Rabun County witnessed totality at around 2:35 p.m. Channel 2's Ross Cavitt was there with crowds as they got a glimpse of the spectacle.

The eclipse reached its peak at slightly different times across Georgia.

Earlier in the day, metro Atlanta area drivers prepared for extra traffic, with many using the weekend to get into place.

WSB-TV partnered with the Tellus Museum in Cartersville to hand out thousands of glasses so that people could safely watch the eclipse.

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Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns was in Charleston, South Carolina where he spoke with NASA officials and students ahead of the eclipse.

“I mean the eclipse has been a lot of anticipation built up all summer so thousands of people are here for it and I think it’s going to be really cool,” said College of Charleston student Natalie Rand.

David Dundee, the astronomy program manager at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, traveled to Charleston to walk Channel 2 Action News through the stages of the eclipse.

“And this afternoon during the eclipse, the moon will cast a shadow onto the earth and will be perfectly lined up at new moon,” Dundee said.

The eclipse did not disappoint. At different times throughout the day, emotions rang high as crowds witnessed the once in a lifetime event.

“A lot of us, we’ve never seen an eclipse before like I said it’s usually just once in a lifetime, I think a lot of people are excited about it, getting emails get your glasses here,” Rand said.

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Then, when the Total Solar Eclipse crosses through the United States, make sure you’re relying on Channel 2 Action News for complete LIVE coverage from across the country!

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