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Eclipse viewers on Hilton Head get a break

Watch an SC town go from day to night during total solar eclipse

The Island Packet's Michael Olinger traveled to Santee, S.C., to be in the path of totality for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse. Watch as the sky briefly turns from day to night as the moon fully covers the sun.
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The Island Packet's Michael Olinger traveled to Santee, S.C., to be in the path of totality for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse. Watch as the sky briefly turns from day to night as the moon fully covers the sun.

Sarcastically a man was heard saying “Best eclipse party ever.”

The island’s ever infamous Tiki Hut was throwing a “Blackout Solar Eclipse Beach Party” with bands and drink and food specials.

The tables and benches were packed under the hut.

The beach volleyball courts and the tables just past the dunes were full.

Murmurs from people kept praying the clouds would break.

And then, as almost perfect timing, the clouds parted and the cheers rang out.

Faces were looking up with nearly everyone smashing their paper eclipse glasses tight against their faces to block out additional light.

And then the clouds regained control.

But the trip to the beach wasn’t a complete loss.

Stacy Conley, a resident of Hilton Head Island said “I didn’t think I was going to see anything.”

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