Total solar eclipse, a firsthand experience

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Total solar eclipse (KFSN)

Even television reporters couldn't hide their excitement while witnessing a historic total solar eclipse across the United States.

Crowds of people on the ground donned special solar filters and watched in awe as the moon completely blocked the sun and cast a 70-mile wide shadow that traveled from Oregon to South Carolina.

Lincoln City, Oregon, we started our morning in the path of totality but we had to contend with some fog, however, Mother Nature put on a show and she did not disappoint.

It was a quiet Monday morning with low visibility off the Oregon coast. But many businesses in coastal communities were already prepared for the large crowds to come. People traveled from all over the world and one family we spoke with was confident they'd see what they came for.

"The moon is going to be in front of the sun," said Jaceck, Eclipse viewer.

Along with many folks who came to enjoy their first solar eclipse experience, one Southern California couple had hoped to get a little bit more. The stars had aligned as Alicia and George exchanged vows and said their "I do's." They paused the wedding ceremony as everyone could enjoy nearly two minutes of darkness.

"It was an amazing experience and it was great to have so many close friends and family to share that with us," George said.

"I'm overwhelmed. Overwhelmingly in love," said Alicia.
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