Mother Shielding Her Baby Is Left Battered By Tennis Ball-Sized Hailstones

Blanche Robertson
October 13, 2018

An Australian woman is being heralded online as the world's toughest mom over the horrific injuries she sustained while shielding her baby when they became trapped during a freak hailstorm.

Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving in southern Queensland with her 78-year-old grandmother and 4-month-old daughter, Clara, on Thursday when the weather suddenly took a turn for the worse, the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) reports.

In the Facebook post on Thursday she said: "I've learned my lesson today, never drive in a hail storm!".

The homeowners called an ambulance, but once the paramedics arrived she said she felt "numb" and went into shock.

"We parked on the side of the road when the storm got too heavy and the hail blew out our windows", she wrote.

"I covered my infant with my body to stop her from getting badly injured", she wrote in the post. The storm has had a devastating effect for farmers and it has been reported that an entire season's worth of barley, wheat and melon crops have been destroyed.

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There are also reports of roofs being ripped from homes west of Maryborough, and council crews have had to work through the night to clear roads blocked by fallen trees.

Residents described the terrifying noise that came with the tornado when it hit Tansey about 3pm.

The storms are expected to continue in southeast Queensland, with the Bureau of Meteorology anticipating a further 50mm of rain on Friday and further downpours and powerful southeasterly winds to persist until at least Monday.

The hail smashed another window and Fiona tried to cover her grandmother as well, who was also being pelted with the large stones. Teresa Francis told the site that her orchard is all but gone, an estimated $2 million loss.

"It knocks you down", she said. We did the right thing, there's nothing else we could have done I just can't believe hail could have done that'. "We are still all OK", she told the broadcaster.

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