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Storm may leave Yosemite w/o power for 6 days

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.

March 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Yosemite National Park may be without power for three to six days thanks to the latest storm to hit California.

The storm dumped nearly 4 feet of snow in just 24 hours.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says a rock slide broke a major transmission pole that serves Yosemite and El Portal, cutting power to 585 customers there. PG&E is flying in a replacement since snow is blocking vehicle access to the location.

Park officials said they're using backup generator power that will last about a week. Most rooms in hotels and other buildings, however, have no heat or hot water.

All access roads remained closed to traffic Tuesday morning, but one lane of Highway 120 was open for visitors wanting to leave the park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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