We don't seem to have a tumbleweed problem here in New Jersey or New York, but if you live in California, specifically, the town of Victorville, you might have a problem.
Have a look at this video that documents how bad tumbleweeds can be. It's amazing. You can't even get in the front door at some of these homes. And they're thorny. You need special tools to get rid of them.
I have never seen anything like this.