Because a major cleaning operation is under way after a tornado and heavy storms, a distressed Aussie mother has revealed the terrifying moment that ferocious hail tore through her car – with her young baby in it.
Hailed the size of tennis balls, violent storms caused widespread chaos when they crossed South Queensland yesterday – roofs cracking property and destroying crops on the eve of the harvest season.
Young mother, Fiona Simpson was in Kingaroy – northwest of Brisbane – when a devastating tornado struck and left her with gruesome injuries.
She then drove with her grandmother and baby and later posted gruesome photos of bruises on her entire body on Facebook.
"I have learned my lesson, never drive in a hailstorm," she wrote.
She described the covering of her baby with her body as the windows blew out, causing her back, arms and head to be severely bruised.
"We parked on the wedge side when the storm got too heavy and the hail blew out our windows," she wrote.
"I covered my baby with my body to prevent her from being badly injured, please be careful in this storm season. & # 39;
The city of Tansey, west of Gympie, suffered the most from the tornado that struck Thursday afternoon, with some buildings badly damaged.
There are also reports that roofs are torn out of houses west of Maryborough, and council crews have had to work all night to clean roads that were blocked by fallen trees.
Some areas remained covered with large hailstones, the size of tennis balls, making paddocks look like snow fields.
Residents described the terrifying sound that came with the tornado when it hit Tansey around 3 PM.
Office of Meteorology predictor Adam Blazak told it Courier-Mail the storms had produced "very large hail, roughly with tennis ball sized hail and destructive winds.
"We have received reports of a lot of damage to property and of course tree damage and there was a tornado north-west of Murgon around 3:12 PM," Mr Blazak said last night.
He said the office predicted a bleak, wet weekend.
"We expect shower activity to increase during the weekend, and it can also be a bit windy on the coast.
"Generally cooler temperatures, and we have much more clouds around and that should also keep the temperatures low and we have a fairly good southern change that has been implemented today in the southern parts of the state, so that should also keep those temperatures low. "
Sandra Jaschke told the ABC that there is extensive damage to her property, where the wind was a large carport, hair and destroys a pump house.
"Next to me is the old slaughterhouse and that whole shed has been exploded inwards and the whole end of it has been taken out," she said.
"It's just debris wherever we are, we have a lot of steel because we've hijacked a lot of stuff from the neighbors." Wheat, barley and stone fruit growers have lost crops and the damage bill is expected to be substantial.
Teresa Francis says they are lost fruit crops, with damage to her Kumbia orchard at $ 2 million.
"You're right, I stopped crying, but there are worse things that can happen, we're all OK," she told the broadcaster.
In Coolabunia, east of Kumbia, the president Brian Tessmann of Queensland Dairy Farmers is also the cost of the wild weather that tore the roof of his house and most of the roof of his dairy.
The mayor of South Burnett, Keith Campbell, says that farmers who were about to hit the harvest season suffered considerable losses, with buildings in his area also getting damaged, and trees "shredded".
"The hail was just intense when it fell, it was very productive, it simply shredded the ears of wheat and barley that were there to be harvested," he said.
State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington will ask the government to help residents in its Nanango voters, and says that farmers have suffered a huge setback.
Two women and one girl suffered cuts when huge hailstones hit their car, the windows being smashed as they drove on the D & # 39; Aguilar Highway between Kingaroy and Nanango.
There are also reports that lightning has killed cattle.
– with wires