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Niagara Falls Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Total Eclipse

Sun 31 Mar 2024 | 10:49 PM
Israa Farhan

The Niagara region in Canada has declared a state of emergency ahead of a rare total solar eclipse expected to occur on April 8th, attracting large crowds of tourists to the famous falls area.

The region announced that Governor Jim Bradley declared the state of emergency "out of an abundance of caution."

In a statement, they said, "Declaring a state of emergency enhances the tools available to the region to preserve the health, safety, and protection of our residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure from any potential occurrences."

The eclipse will pass over the stunning falls located on the Canadian-American border, with many flocking to the available rental hotels before the phenomenon to witness it at one of North America's natural wonders.

The renowned magazine National Geographic listed the famous falls as one of the best places to view the eclipse, a phenomenon not seen in the area since 1979.

The city falls within the path where the moon will completely obscure the sun for a few minutes.

Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, expects this to be "the largest crowd we've ever seen, by far."

He estimated that up to nearly a million people would attend compared to the usual 14 million visitors to the area annually.

The region will also adjust some of its programs and services and will close some facilities to divert traffic away from the roads on April 8th.