(ORDO NEWS) — It was a summer of extreme events in Death Valley, California.
From flash floods in August that left a car in the mud, to an extremely high, perhaps record-breaking, September temperature of 127 degrees in Furnace Creek.
Now the aftermath of Hurricane Kay has brought even more heavy rainfall and an unlikely spectacle – waterfalls in one of the driest and hottest places in the world.
“Storms generated by the remnants of Hurricane Kay caused localized and severe damage to Death Valley National Park on Saturday afternoon,” the park authorities wrote on Facebook Sunday, attaching a stunning video showing muddy waterfalls cascading down a poolside mountainside. Badwater.
The National Park Service said in a statement that Highway 190, the main road into and out of the valley, is missing a section of pavement on both lanes in the Town Pass area.
The service said rangers asked visitors to leave after receiving a storm warning an hour before it arrived from the National Weather Service.
Numerous vehicles were reported to have been temporarily blocked due to active flooding before the NPS Highway Crew came to their rescue.
State Route 190 is closed between Keeler and Stovepipe Wells, and Badwater Road is completely closed.
The NPS added that some of the park’s other roads are still closed due to flash flooding in August, which the park service called “1,000 years of rain.”
Death Valley receives approximately 2.2 inches of rain per year. During the August flood, 1.46 inches fell in a few hours.
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