Mom Bruised After Shielding Baby in Supercell Tornado in Australia

Mother battered by massive hailstones in heroic attempt to spare her baby

Mother battered by massive hailstones in heroic attempt to spare her baby

The mother posted photos of herself in the hospital showing her heavily bruised body.

But the auto was not up to the task of the sheltering the family, and large hail began smashing the windows, spurring Simpson to leap to the backseat and try to shield her daughter from harm. We parked on the side of the road when the storm got to heavy...

When the tennis-ball sized hailstones began to fall, they smashed the back window of her auto, leaving her daughter exposed to the incoming ice. The rain turned to large chunks of hail that smashed through the windows of the vehicle.

Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving on the highway with her four-month-old daughter Clara and her 78-year-old grandmother when the group was caught in the powerful storm.

"(I) climbed over the top of her vehicle seat and I could see her, she was screaming, but I couldn't even hear her, it was so loud, and I held over the auto seat for at least 30 seconds, I don't even know how long it was, it happened so fast", Fiona said.

Soon after, a second window was also obliterated by hailstones, showering Fiona's grandmother with glass.

Another window in the front of the auto soon smashed, and Simpson's grandmother was exposed to the violent weather.

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"The only safe place was on the floor".

"Generally cooler temperatures, and we'll have a lot more cloud cover around and that should keep the temperatures down as well plus we've got a pretty good southerly change that's moved in over the southern parts of the state today so that should also keep those temperatures down".

"There was no thought, I just did it, there was no seat-belt was off and I was getting in the back and there was no hesitation". "I'm just a mum - you do anything you can to protect your child no matter what, even at your own expense and I would do it again". An ambulance was called and the three were taken to hospital.

Bringing hail the size of tennis balls, violent storms caused widespread chaos as they swept across southern Queensland yesterday - tearing roofs from properties and destroying crops on the eve of harvest season.

Almost 100mm of rain fell in some parts of the southeast after 9am on Thursday.

The SES last night had 250 call-outs, with 160 from Gympie, 50 in the South Burnett and 25 on the Fraser Coast.

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