A mother has been left covered in cuts and bruises after trying to protect her baby daughter when they were caught up in a dangerous storm.

The massive storm roared through southeast Queensland, dropping tennis ball-sized hail after hitting at 3pm on Thursday, shares Daily Mail.

Residents of Tansey, a small town 250km north of Brisbane, woke up on Friday to destroyed homes and farms.

Southeast Queensland will continue to be smashed by wild weather over the next few days, hindering the clean up.

Fiona Simpson was driving with her grandmother and baby during the storm when chunks of ice smashed through their car windows and struck them.

The hail left bruises and cuts across Ms Simpson’s face and back, and hit her daughter on the head – despite the mother’s desperate attempts to shield the child with her body.

Ms Simpson posted photos of her shocking injuries to Facebook.

‘I’ve learnt my lesson, never drive in a hail storm,’ she said.


  • Oops, it seems she did stay in her car. The hail storm was so intense it broke the car windows. Super scarey situation, especially with a baby in the car


  • Oh wow! She was obviously in a car so why did she get out?! I would’ve been staying in my car


  • Ouch! Nasty impact from the hail. Hope mum and everyone recovers quickly.


  • Ouch! You would think your car would be some kind of protection.


  • Oh ouch, I’ve never seen anything like that from hail before. Poor mumma


  • I saw this on tv last night. She was protecting her baby. Quite scary how it has really bruised her skin.


  • Oh my goodness, that looks bad. We were on the road when a really bad hail storm started, just some weeks ago. It was so scary indeed.


  • So scary and painful looking. Always pays to play it safe – shes hit the nail on the head in hindsight (should never drive in a hail storm)


  • It is a lot safer to park on the side of the road than drive in hail. You are less likely to have an accident. Also a car sustains more damage if moving than stationary which means there is more risk of injury to driver and passengers.


  • This would have been terrifying. I’m glad everyone in the car survived.

    • Absolutely! Being caught in a storm is a wild experience and to come out if alive is a relief.


  • Oh, her pictures were all over social media this morning. How terrifying!!


  • One amazing tough Mum. I hope she has lots of pampering coming her way.


  • Mums! Is there anything we can’t do. What an amazing mum and thank goodness, imagine the damage to a baby!


  • Wow. Awful injuries from hail. No wonder she shielded her baby.


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