Spring Storm Knocks Out Power For 6 Days In Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park will be without electricity for three to six days after a powerful weekend storm forced officials to close the park amid power outages and blocked roads.

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says a rock slide broke an integral transmission pole that serves Yosemite and El Portal, cutting power to 585 customers there.

The utility must fly in a replacement pole by helicopter since snow is blocking vehicle access to the location.

Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb says generators are powering hotels and other buildings in the park for now, and that can last about a week. Most guest rooms, however, have no heat or hot water.

Cobb says all access roads remain closed to traffic Tuesday, though one lane of Highway 120 is open for visitors wanting to leave the park.

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