>> The first solar eclipse visible in North America in 38 years has small towns in its direct path scrambling to prepare for the worst. More tourists than they can handle. I'm Reuters correspondent Anne
] here in Teton County, Wyoming. Where in mid-August as many as a 100,000 visitors are expected to converge to see the moon pass directly in front of the sun turning day into night for about two minutes.
For last two years or so authorities here have been busy with their own preparations. They're making sure when eclipse seekers arrive, they won't jam the roads or clog the sewers. And that residents themselves will have enough gas and food and cash on hand to survive what is expected to be a tremendous crowd in these very small towns.
Locals are being asked to buy groceries in advance, to hunker down for the duration, and to skip work if they can. And just a few days ago the town of Driggs, Idaho got a couple of new generators. So that they'll be sure, even in a power outage, their water and their sewers remain clear.
Just over the mountain in Teton County, Wyoming grocers are buying hundreds of eclipse glasses at a time and stocking up on wine. Businesses have been told to prepare for four times the number of usual customers. Roads in Grand Teton National Park will be rerouted and the entrance fee for the park will be waived that day as they expect the busiest day in park history on August 21st 2017.