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Dawson residents experience once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
County sees up to 98 percent totality
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Dawson County students, wearing special eclipse-viewing glasses, watch the Aug. 21 eclipse at a pool party. - photo by Allie Dean
The weeks leading up to the Great American Eclipse on Monday were full of excitement and anticipation in the north Georgia mountains as Dawson County residents braced for an onslaught of traffic heading northeast and collected last-minute pairs of special eclipse-viewing glasses. As it turns out, everyone’s careful preparation meant a smooth day for viewing the rare occasion when the moon slips between the sun and the earth, blocking out the sun’s rays for a brief moment. Sheriff Jeff Johnson reported minimal traffic disruptions on Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 on Monday as 53,000 were expected on Georgia roads, making their way up to Rabun County, which was in the path that would see 100 percent of the eclipse.