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Storms, clouds obscure eclipse in Gorges State Park

About 5,000 people packed Gorges State Park in Transylvania County to see the total solar eclipse, but the weather let them down. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

About 5,000 people packed Gorges State Park in Transylvania County to see the total solar eclipse, but the weather let them down.

The park opened at 5 a.m., and the line to get in the park stretched more than 2 1/2 miles.

Inside the park, live music, activities and food trucks were part of a viewing party.

CNN had named Gorges State Park one of the 10 best places in the country to see the eclipse.

But it turns out visitors could not see very much because storm clouds and rain moved in about 2 p.m.

"Well it was nice to spend time with everyone, but it would have been a lot, a lot better if we could have actually seen it," Rebecca Kingsley, of Charlotte, said.

Many people came prepared with umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun, so those came in very handy when the rain started.

The storm also led to an early departure for some families who had made the trip, hoping to see more.

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