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Expect Little To No Cell Service In Hopkinsville For Solar Eclipse

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 19:19:44-04

The week of the solar eclipse, people from across the country and 26 international countries will arrive in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It means folks won't be able to rely on their cell phones to get around or communicate. 

Large crowds mean a lot of data. Telecommunications giant AT&T has been anticipating a shortage of data once hundreds of thousands converge on Hopkinsville. The company has been providing a Mega Cell on Wheels or COW which will help boost internet connectivity.

Despite the extra help, local officials said they want residents and visitors to plan ahead.

"They need to have maps printed out and in their hands before they get here because if they get here and want to use their phones to get around, it's probably not going to happen," Hopkinsville Police spokesperson, Officer Paul Ray, said. 

Officials also suggested two-way radios for groups of people who have planned to travel to Hopkinsville.