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Landslide closes California highway

SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 (UPI) -- A section of California's historic Highway 1 washed away after several days of heavy rain and officials say they expect a long-term closure for repairs.

The California Highway Patrol said a 40-foot stretch of saturated roadway on the coastal highway tumbled down a hillside Wednesday evening in Monterey Country, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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After the landslide, near an area called Hurricane Point, the California Department of Transportation closed several miles of the road south of Garrapata State Park and posted signs warning motorists of the washout.

The Monterey Times Herald reported the CHP said the closure could last "potentially several days if not longer."

No injuries were reported.

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