A young mother was left battered and bruised when she used her body to protect her baby daughter from gigantic hailstones during a severe storm.
Fiona Simpson drove in the south of Queensland, Australia, when the storm suddenly broke on Thursday.
The hailstones, some as big as tennis balls, closed her car windows and forced Mrs. Simpson to put her own body on the line to protect her daughter.
The mother placed photos of the lugubrious bruises on her shoulders and arms on Facebook. "I have learned my lesson today, never ride in a hailstorm!" She wrote under the photo 's.
"I covered my baby with my body to prevent her from being badly injured, my whole back, arms and head were severely bruised, I'm just so relieved that my daughter and grandmother are okay.
As soon as Simpson pulled down her car because of the heavy rain, she heard a loud bang and realized that the rear windows of her car, where her young child was, had been destroyed by the hail.
Simpson and her child were taken to hospital for checks after the dramatic incident (Fiona Simpson / Facebook)
"It was so frightening, but there was no time to be afraid … It all happened so fast," she told the Australian ABC broadcaster. The swift mother jumped on the back seat to cover her daughter from the flood.
"I looked down and I could see she was screaming, but I could not even hear her, it was that hard."
As soon as the worst of the storm had gone on, she managed to drive her shredded car to a nearby house so she could call an ambulance.
"Only when I got into the ambulance did I realize that if I did not [my daughter] can be seriously injured or killed, everything could have happened, "she reflected." I am just a mother – you do everything to protect your child, whatever you do, even at your own expense, and I would do it again. "
The huge storm that is progressing across Queensland is being charged by sucking up several tornadoes while it winds the northeastern state of Australia.
Like large hailstones, severe gusts of up to 60 mph caused extensive damage, causing trees and high-voltage lines to come down. In some areas, as much as 100 mm of rain fell in less than 24 hours.
There have also been incidents of flash overflow; authorities said they had received over 300 calls for assistance, including one from a driver who had been lured into a trap by a fallen tree.
Rescuers have fought with chainsaws to cut through the splintered trees to reach them, especially vulnerable elderly people, cut off by the storm.
Brian Cox, director of Queens State Emergency Service, said his volunteers encountered some heart-rending scenes. "People are so upset because they have lost their roofs and property has been damaged … it's a very emotional time for them," he said. Courier mail newspaper.
"We ask people to be patient because we actually have to navigate through the rubble [and] to first reach some of these areas. "
"It is a timely reminder that we are going into the storm season these events happen, we strongly advise people to have a plan, another important thing is to care for the elderly or more vulnerable in your street and neighborhood."
A series of small rural towns belonged to the devastating tornado, which closed off roofs, destroyed crops in the field and killed 800 chickens.
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Chicken farmer Leanne Geri fought tears while she told ABC what had happened. "It has been very dry and then this storm is simply devastating," she said.
"Maybe it's 800 lost, it's hard to say, there are quite a few deaths down there, they were beaten, or wet and cold, and died, we'll have to go down to pick them all and compost them. # 39;
The furious winds pulled the stables from the farm off the ground, spreading distorted sheet metal across the fields, along with broken solar panels. The damage account would probably amount to $ 300,000 (£ 161,000), Geri said.
The president of Queensland Dairy Farmers, Brian Tessmann, said the storm was tearing through his farm, raising the roof of his house and dairy, and his possessions swirling through the air. "It was bedlam from there, trying to keep doors closed, and water coming through the ceiling and things flying through the air," he told ABC. "It was quite something."