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#Tumblegeddon: Deluge of tumbleweeds buries cars and closes US highway

Authorities spent over 10 hours clearing the plants on New Year’s Eve.

(Trooper Chris Thorson/Washington State Patrol)
(Trooper Chris Thorson/Washington State Patrol)

By Edd Dracott, PA

A mountain of tumbleweeds closed a US highway and buried vehicles in a phenomenon that has been dubbed “tumblegeddon”.

Local law enforcement said the invasion of roaming plant matter was 20-30 feet (6-9m) deep in places and closed State Route 240 for 10 hours on New Year’s Eve while it was cleared.

Authorities had to use snowploughs to clear the tumbleweed and rescued a number of vehicles trapped by them.

The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted: “A pretty incredible sight from SR 240 where tumbleweed closed he road for 10hours last night.

“Big thanks to our crews who worked through the night to clear roadway.”

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(Trooper Chris Thorson/Washington State Patrol viaAP)

Local news outlet Komo News reported winds of around 40mph in the area. Tumbleweeds are moved by strong winds, which allows them to disperse their seeds.

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