But the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is anxious about something a bit more, let's say, nontraditional. Considering that the eclipse is a space event, you might think the warning is simply an amusing alert to keep an eye out for UFOs, but that's really not the cast.
It might sound like an April Fools' joke, but SCEMD's warning is apparently completely legitimate, as SC has a history of Lizard Man sightings.
Luckily, several government agencies have been ahead of the game, already highlighting on social media the possibility of paranormal activity as the sky goes dark mid-afternoon on August 21. "But we advise that residents of Lee and Sumter counties should remain ever vigilant".
The last reported sighting was in 2015. Described as a "red-eyed demon", the creature (or creatures?) have crossed paths with other SC residents in the years since, with several more reports of large lizard-like creatures helping to build the local lore. "As always, if you see something, say something", the department tweeted alongside the graphic, with a tongue possibly in cheek (but who knows). "It was nearly like an alligator with a short nose and long legs".
The "Lizard Man" was first spotted in 1988 by Christopher Davis, a then 17-year-old Lee County resident, according to previous Post and Courier reports.
As Post and Courier reported, Davis was fixing a flat tire on his auto when he was apparently approached by a "red-eyed devil". Davis said he was able to chuck the beast of the roof and live to tell the tale.