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Authorities: Be prepared for tens of thousands during eclipse

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- The Williamson County Sheriff's Department warns us prepare for thousands of people to descend on southern Illinois for the eclipse.

Experts with the state of Illinois predict between Jackson and Williamson Counties, 135,000 to 350,000 people will crowd our streets.

Before those crowds come in, the sheriff encourages us to shop for groceries, fill up our vehicles and refill all medications.

Deputy Brian Murrah says traffic makes for the department's biggest concern.

"This is something we're all going to have to deal with," said Murrah. "These people are coming. We're not sure how many of them, but it's happening right in our backyard and we want people to know what we think it might be like."

Murrah warns us to stay off road shoulders unless we have an emergency.

The department has mapped out a recommended route for getting to and from the Moonstock Music Festival.

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