Attack of the tumbleweeds
While Ottawa was digging out from a record-setting snowfall Wednesday, the Australian city of Wangaratta, 230 kilometres northeast of Melbourne, was being buried by a far drier phenomenon: tumbleweeds.
Dubbed the 'hairy panic,' the fast-growing plant dies, dries, then blows away.
As winds pick up — which they do this time of year in Victoria — the tumbleweeds collect on properties, frustrating residents.
The tumbleweeds aren't a fire risk, so locals are on the hook for cleanup costs.
#Hairypanic has been trending on Twitter, mostly inspiring humorous responses:
#HairyPanic causing mayhem down under...— @POKtheGooner