Drivers in Washington state are used to struggling with rainy weather, but this week there is another road hazard: a storm of raging winds and grasses, according tomedia CNET. Interstate 240 in east Washington was closed on the night of the last day of 2019, when a flood of winds flooded the road, trapping cars and a semi-trailer into a 30-foot (9-meter) tall bush.
Chris Thorson, public information officer for the Washington State Patrol 3, posted a video on Twitter of workers cleaning up stinging plants trapped around cars.
The Washington State Department of Transportation, with the help of snow removal machines, worked 10 hours to clear the road, but as of Wednesday, authorities were still warning drivers. “If you choose to cross the area, beware, because the wind will continue to push the wind,” the agency tweeted. “
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, published a study in 2019 that found that giant invasive wind-rolling grass esborns are booming in the western United States.