Tumbleweeds inundate homes in High Desert communities

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Tumbleweeds inundate homes in High Desert communities

On Tuesday, heavy winds brought hundreds of tumbleweeds from the high desert into the city.

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.

"Normally you get a few flying down the street or whatnot but never this many".

One woman told KABC that her neighbor was trapped in his home for two hours because the tumbleweeds had blocked both his front door and his garage door.

Victorville spokeswoman Sue Jones tells the Daily Press that as many as 150 homes were affected in a neighborhood that faces open desert. When the tumbleweeds hit an obstacle, like a fence or even a house, they start piling up.

The tumbleweeds were so bad that crews with the city's code enforcement division went out to help get rid of them, collecting tumbleweeds by the truck load and taking them out.

"They were just flowing like it was a tornado yesterday", she said.

I guess tumbleweeds aren't what they make them out to be in Looney Tunes after all.

Storms bringing strong winds are known to send tumbleweeds rolling into towns across the U.S. According to a map on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website, the weed, which has the scientific name of salsola tragus L., has been introduced throughout most of California.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Tumbleweeds are an invasive annual called Russian thistle.

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