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DEATH VALLEY, CA –As of 10:00am on July 2, Death Valley National Park does not have electricity or telephones due to a storm the night of July 1. People planning to visit Death Valley National Park this weekend should consider changing their plans. If they drive through the park, they should exercise extreme caution due to storm damage to roads.
Early reports indicate that at least one power pole is down between Death Valley Junction and Furnace Creek. It is not known when power will be restored.
Highway CA-190 is fully open, but drivers should be cautious due to debris on the road and washed out road shoulders. A vehicle got pushed just off the fog line near Zabriskie Pointand is stuck in mud. It should be able to be extracted fairly easily by a tow truck.
Badwater Road is open for 47 miles to Ashford Mills. The Jubilee Pass section of Badwater Road, the connection to Shoshone, California, remains closed due to damage from floods in October 2015. That road is under construction currently. The July 2 storm undercut pavement and caused new damage to that section of road. The National Park Service originally planned to open Jubilee Pass in late July, but this storm's damage may cause delays.
Furnace Creek Resort is using a generator to keep the restaurant and gas station open. Stovepipe Wells has closed their restaurant and gas station. Panamint Springs Resort is fully open.