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Lines Begin Forming for President Trump's Visit

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Hours before President Trump will even step foot in Luzerne County,
   People are turning out for his local appearance at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
   Eyewitness News Eric Deabill is there too.
The parking lot here at the arena won't officially open until noon, but that hasn't stopped early supporters of Donald Trump from arriving here at Mohegan Sun Arena
   The first people started arriving.
    Many are from neighboring states -- including New York and New Jersey.
    President Donald Trump is not expected to speak until 7:00 pm tonight.
    He will visit here to campaign for Congressman Lou Barletta -- who is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat -- and Scranton native -- Bob Casey.
    This will be Mr. Trump's first visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania as president.
    He visited here several times during the campaign including making two stops here at the arena itself.
    Upwards of 10,000 people may attend this rally later tonight.
    Tickets for this rally are free online -- but the event is first to come, first served.
    The doors for the arena here won't open until 4:00 pm -- and there is the possibility for scattered showers this afternoon.
    Despite the weather -- many of the people who turned out early are excited to be here -- and are prepared for a long day.
"My first time coming to see a president or to a political event, I wanted to get here early," Said Clifford Fitch of Corning, New York
 
"Because I want to be right up front, actually I'd like to get behind him, or be right up by him, I  was behind him the first time he was here" noted David Paolucci of Hanover Township.

Officials are warning drivers to expect closures and heavy traffic -- before.. during.. and after the event.
    From 2 p-m until 11 p-m.. you can expect peak congestion in the areas of the arena and around the Wyoming Valley Mall.
    I-81 exit 1-68 will be closed.. as well as Highland Park Boulevard from Schecter Drive".. to Mundy Street from 5 p-m to 9-p-m.


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