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The Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce sold eclipse T-shirts and glasses at its visitor's center last week. Union and Lumpkin County said early estimates show the eclipse resulted in a $250,000 economic impact for their counties.
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Two North Georgia counties say they experienced an economic boom from last week's eclipse.

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Tobie Chandler, tourism director for Blairsville-Union County’s Chamber of Commerce, said she had been planning for nearly a year to handle extra visitors for the eclipse.

"Totality was coming, and right when it started, everybody started cheering and hooting and hollering and applauding, and you just get goosebumps on your body, and that is what made everything absolutely worth it!”

PHOTOS: The Eclipse Captivates Metro Atlanta

Aug 21, 2017
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And the moon blotted out the sun. At least mostly and for a little while.

In Georgia, people flocked to the northeast part of the state, hiked mountains and spent the day in the park viewing the eclipse.

Steve Nunez brought his 2 year-old daughter Ruthie to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to see the eclipse, but was worried about her peeking over the edge of the glasses. So He made her a helmet out of a solar filter and a box.

The moon will block about 98 percent of the sun in Atlanta.
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Transportation officials hope to avoid traffic gridlock on Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Natalie Dale expects heavier traffic in metro Atlanta, especially north of Interstate 20.  

"We will have patrols going through to make sure that traffic is moving, to make sure that we don't have any traffic backups," Dale said.

HERO trucks will move to the northeastern part of the state where people will watch a total eclipse.

Eclipse Brings Tourism Boost For Georgia's Mountains

Jul 28, 2017
total solar eclipse
Oleg Romanov / Associated Press

Georgia mountain communities are expecting a tourism rush for next month's solar eclipse. 

Rabun County is Georgia's most northeastern county and will see a total eclipse. Teka Earnhardt directs tourism there, and she said hotels and rental properties are fully booked.

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"We had one of our bed and breakfasts that booked up completely within two days of sending out an email to their folks 14 months ago,” Earnhardt said.