Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Mom recovering in Australia after shielding baby from hail

Mom recovering in Australia after shielding baby from hail

Queensland was hit with a super-cell storm that rained down tennis-ball-sized hail, leaving thousands without power.

Simpson told The Project that she pulled her daughter out of her vehicle seat and put her on the floor for protection while she tried to cover her grandmother.

The storm didn't pass by quickly and it got so intense two of her auto windows were smashed in by the hail stones.

The storms that battered that part of Queensland were damaging.

"It just all happened so fast", she added.

"I jumped over the back seat, over her vehicle seat, holding my body over hers", Simpson told ABC. She heard a loud bang. "I couldn't see in front of me, I couldn't even see the line on the road". On Facebook, Simpson described covering her baby and suffering bruises on her back, arms, and head.

The experience left the young mother with significant bruising to most of her body.

"I've learnt my lesson today, NEVER drive in a hail storm!" she wrote while sharing the photos on Facebook.

The trio eventually drove to a nearby home and called the ambulance.

She was left covered in welts, cuts and bruises after the tennis ball-sized hail pelted her body, the ABC reported.

A Queensland mother and her baby have managed to avoid serious injury after being caught in a hailstorm on Thursday evening. "I pulled over because it was just way too unsafe".

"I'm just a mom - you do anything you can to protect your child no matter what, even at your own expense and I would do it again", Simpson said.

"A mother's love can make you do the unimaginable", commented Candice Lamb on Simpson's Facebook post.

Supercells are considered to be the most unsafe of four categories of storms because of the extreme weather they generate.

"We ran inside and everything was going sideways, all the trees were going sideways, this roof went up (in the air) and down".

"It could have been a lot worse, that's for sure", Simpson told broadcaster 9News.

Many farmers in the region were close to harvesting when the storm hit.

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