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Strong winds pushed hundreds of tumbleweeds against a Midland, Texas home. The homeowner says it's 'the most ridiculous thing ...
I've ever seen.' (Feb. 27)
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SHOTLIST:Josh Pitman (amateur video) - CourtesyMidland, Texas, February 25, 20131. Amateur video of Pitman's homeKWES - COURTESY/EMBARGO MIDLAND/ODESSA, TEXASMidland, Texas - February 25, 20132. SOUNDBITE: Josh Pitman (transcript below)3. Wide shot of tumbleweedsJosh Pitman (amateur video) - CourtesyMidland, Texas, February 25, 20134. Wide shot of Pitman's home KWES - COURTESY/EMBARGO MIDLAND/ODESSA, TEXASMidland, Texas - February 25, 20135. SOUNDBITE: Josh Pitman (transcript below)Josh Pitman (amateur video) - CourtesyMidland, Texas, February 25, 20136. Wide shot of home covered in tumbleweedsKWES - COURTESY/EMBARGO MIDLAND/ODESSA, TEXASMidland, Texas - February 25, 20137. SOUNDBITE: Josh Pitman (transcript below)Josh Pitman (amateur video) - CourtesyMidland, Texas, February 25, 20138. Wide shot of tumbleweedsVOICE OVER SCRIPT:TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN... A HOMEOWNER SAYS STRONG WINDS -- UP TO 60 MILES-AN-HOUR -- PUSHED HUNDREDS OF TUMBLEWEEDS AGAINST HIS MIDLAND, TEXAS HOME.SOUNDBITE: Josh Pitman/Homeowner"It's just completely covered in tumbleweeds. It's the most ridiculous thing i've ever seen."VIDEO FROM LOCAL T-V STATION KWES SHOWS THE TUMBLEWEEDS STACKED ONE ATOP THE OTHER.SOME ARE ON THE ROOF... WHILE OTHERS BLOCK DOORWAYS.SOUNDBITE: Josh Pitman/Homeowner"I didn't even know this many tumbleweeds existed."PITMAN SAYS HE RECENTLY TORE DOWN A FENCE ON THE PROPERTY TO BUILD A NEW ONE.THE FENCE MAY HAVE PROTECTED HIS HOME FROM THE RAMBLING WEEDS.PITMAN TOLD KWES HE'S PUSHING THE DEBRIS INTO A DITCH BEHIND HIS HOUSE.SOUNDBITE: Josh Pitman/Homeowner"the fire department said that since it was on my yard, it's considered yard waste. And that i'd have to take care of it, that they or the city wouldn't be able to do anything."PITMAN SAYS ONE SIDE OF HIS HOUSE IS NOW CLEAR. BUT HE EXPECTS TO SPEND THE REST OF THE WEEK CLEARING AWAY THE TUMBLEWEEDS.JACKIE QUINN, ASSOCIATED PRESS.(****END****)