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Many Wisconsinites flock to Makanda, the location with longest totality


MAKANDA, Ill. (CBS 58) -- The eclipse "band of totality" stretched from Oregon to South Carolina. It didn't workout for everyone. Some in St. Joseph Missouri didn't get much of a look because of rain and heavy cloud cover.

Things, however, were just a bit clearer in Illinois where CBS 58 Mike Curkov caught up with some Wisconsinites who made the trip. 

The slogan in Makanda Illinois for the solar eclipse was "be nowhere else on earth." For the thousands of people that filled the tiny town, including many from Wisconsin, it completely lived up to the billing.

"Out of this world for sure, I've never experienced anything like that. Ever. That's why we wanted to come here," said Rupinder Singh from Kenosha.

"Beyond words. Gorgeous. Especially the segment where you see the ring," said Erin Murray from Sussex.

"There was just a spirit down here. You just can't find it anywhere else. We had to be here," said Robb Miles from West Bend.

Makanda had the longest totality of anywhere else on earth. It was 2 minutes and 41 seconds that these eclipse-viewers will never forget.


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