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  • 28 February 2013, 14:39

Tumbleweed Invasion Buries House In Texas

The brutal storm system that brought snow and high winds to much of America's midsection this week delivered something very different to one Texas family.

Gusts in excess of 60mph pushed hundreds of tumbleweeds up against a house in Midland.

One side of Josh Pitman's home is almost entirely obscured by the rambling plants. 

They are stacked one on top of the other, blocking some doorways.

"The most ridiculous thing I've ever seen," he told KWES-TV.

"My wife sends me a text message with the picture of the entire left side of our house here and it's just completely covered with tumbleweeds!"

Mr Pitman said he recently tore down a fence that would have protected his home from the rambling weeds.

He expects to spend the rest of the week clearing away the tumbleweeds.

"I didn't even know this many tumbleweeds existed," he joked.

Tumbleweeds are formed when the Salsola family of plants dry out and break loose from their roots in order to spread their spores across a wider area.

The plants are not native to the US but are so widespread that they have become closely identified with America's Wild West.

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