Friday night’s storm knocked out power and telephone service in Death Valley National Park.
Park officials said 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.
Officials said hotels in the park are going to be closed at least through Sunday.
Furnace Creek Resort and Stovepipe Wells are also going to be closed Sunday and will reopen when power is 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 Point and was stuck in mud.
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.
Scotty’s Castle Road and Titus Canyon are closed.
The National Park Service originally planned to open Jubilee Pass in late July, but this storm’s damage may cause delays.
In addition to the flood damage to Death Valley National Park, temperatures are forecasted to be around 116 degrees.