WTOC Eclipse Watch: Total view in Santee, SC

SANTEE, SC (WTOC) - Some in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry were unlucky when it came to Monday's total solar eclipse, but just up I-95 in Santee, SC in the path of totality - thousands caught the complete eclipse.

They came, they saw, they conquered, but now the issue is conquering the traffic, which no one will ever do on I-95 in South Carolina. A once empty parking lot filled with around 100 cars and perhaps 450 people is now pretty desolate, but folks had a great time and an experience they'll never forget.

"It was a long wait, but it was worth it and worth spending time with my grandparents and some close family friends," said Freshman, Evelyn White. "It was all worth it."

"I wasn't expecting it. I've seen pictures of totality because, but it was somewhat different and it appeared to be something in the bottom right corner - perhaps a flare, not sure," said Lee Martin, Bray's Island.

"That thing's old. I've had this since Haley's Comet in 1986 and it's not as good. It's outdated, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles. There are so many other digital telescopes that can go straight to your iPhone, but it gets the job done," said Mike Chantnicki from Florida.

"This was awesome; everything it was cracked up to be and more. Spectacular," said Matthew Swinsick.

Not only did we have a pleasure of road tripping with the Martin family, we also met several people from Hilton Head, Richmond Hill, Statesboro, and Long County.

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