Columbus featured on national news for eclipse efforts

Note: This story has been updated

Columbus made the national news today as the community prepares for the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Local tourism officials were interviewed for a segment on the Today show on NBC that aired this morning.

Our area will be in the path of totality for the April 8th event, meaning the sun will be completely blocked out by the moon during the solar phenomena. That is going to happen at 3:06 p.m. that afternoon in our area.

Area communities will have some of the longest periods of total eclipse in Indiana that day, with Franklin at 4 minutes and two seconds, Columbus at 3 minutes and 44 seconds and Greensburg at 3 minutes and 32 seconds.

Because of the rarity of the solar phenomena, visitors are expected to flock to our area, temporarily doubling the size of our communities, according to tourism and safety officials.

Erin Hawkins, spokeswoman for the Columbus Area Visitors Center, posted on social media about the Today appearance saying that she was interviewed for the program Sunday. The segment featured communities preparing for the event and Hawkins talked about the plans for celebrations here.

The visitors center is hosting a website with information about the eclipse and a central location to find eclipse-related events

You can watch the Columbus segment on the today show here:

Other area community eclipse information pages: