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Motorists Spend NYE Trapped in Tumbleweeds

It took 10 hours to clear Washington state highway

(Newser) - Some people spent part of their New Year's Eve trapped on a Washington state highway after tumbleweeds blocked their route, authorities said. YakTriNews reported that the Washington State Patrol announced via Twitter at about 6:30pm that State Route 240 was closed in both directions near West Richland. Trooper...

'It's an Invasion' of the Tumbleweeds

Communities in California, Utah were overwhelmed Monday

(Newser) - "It's an invasion." That's how residents of one Victorville, Calif., neighborhood are summing up a sudden assault from tumbleweeds, thousands of which piled up there on Monday. Tumbleweeds are a common sight in the area, located an hour outside of Los Angeles; wind gusts carry the...

Aussie Town Battling Insane 'Hairy Panic' Tumbleweed

Wangaratta residents blame a negligent farmer

(Newser) - Roof-high swarms of tumbleweed are attacking a town in Australia and "it's not funny anymore," a resident tells the BBC . For some time, residents of Wangaratta in rural Victoria have been forced to spend hours a day digging out homes and cars buried beneath a fast-growing tumbleweed...

Americans Being Trapped in Homes by ...Tumbleweeds

The West is seeing an explosion of them this year

(Newser) - Beware the wall of tumbleweeds. Seriously. Parts of the American West are facing what Reuters calls "an explosion of tumbleweeds" thanks to a perfect storm of conditions that has created a setting ripe for rolling weeds. A rangeland resources specialist calls them "opportunistic invaders that need just a...

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