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Tumbleweeds hit Cheyenne
Cheyenne resident Linda Reid tries to walk out the front door of her home Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 in northern Cheyenne, Wy. The high winds from Wednesday night and Thursday morning blocked the entrance with hundreds of tumbleweeds. Reid said she walked out of her home at 8:30 a.m. to get the newspaper and was surprised by 5 foot plus high pile of tumbleweeds. (AP Photo/Michael Smith, Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

CHEYENNE - The driving winds that blew into Cheyenne this week swept up mounds of tumbleweeds from the high plains and dropped them on a quiet neighborhood, blocking residents' doors and prompting a city cleanup project.

In a scene reminiscent of a science fiction film, residents of Hawthorne Drive woke up Thursday morning to find the dried brush piled up against their windows and doors by the northwest winds.

Tumbleweeds blow into town every fall, but a city official said this week's dump is noticeable because the winds of Wednesday and Thursday were the first extreme weather after a relatively calm fall season.

The National Weather Service reported sustained winds of 35-40 mph in the city with gusts up to 66 mph.

A chest-high wall of tumbleweeds obstructed Linda Reid from getting her morning newspaper Thursday. She said she's used to wintry blizzards - but not tumbleweed blizzards.

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