Published: Sun, October 14, 2018

'She was screaming': Mum and baby badly injured in wild hail storm

'She was screaming': Mum and baby badly injured in wild hail storm

A series of super-cell storms and tornadoes tore roofs from homes and destroyed crops across southern Queensland on Thursday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Soon afterwards a front window also smashed, Simpson desperately tried to also shield her elderly grandmother.

The storm was so fierce it smashed clean through two of her vehicle windows.

As for the baby, she only has a few scrapes and bumps, but "by the time we got to the hospital she was happy and smiling and giggling and playing, so she'll be alright", Simpson told The Project.

'I looked down and I could see she was screaming but I couldn't even hear her, that's how loud it was'.

Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving to her home in Kingaroy, Australia, with her 78-year-old grandmother and four-month-old daughter in the vehicle when a heavy thunderstorm set in.

Some areas were left blanketed in large hail stones, up to the size of tennis balls, making paddocks resemble snow fields.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the South Burnett region and other parts of the southeast copped the brunt of three severe storms, two of them super-cell storms, with two tornadoes also sighted.


Video footage obtained by Reuters showed hailstones pelting the streets of Gympie, about 160 kilometers (99 miles) north of Brisbane, and the rapid progression of a "supercell storm" in the coastal town of Rainbow Beach.

Sandra Jaschke told the ABC there is extensive damage at her property, with the winds destroying a large auto port, her laundry and a pump house. Teresa Francis told the site that her orchard is all but gone, an estimated $2 million loss. We did the right thing, there's nothing else we could have done I just can't believe hail could have done that'.

Queensland Dairy Farmers president Brian Tessmann said the storm's fury at his Coolabunia farm was like nothing he'd ever seen, with winds tearing the roofs from his home and dairy.

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

Aside from hailstones, the powerful storm sweeping across the region saw winds reaching 60 miles per hour that brought down trees and power lines.

"The hail was simply intense when it fell. It simply shredded the ears of wheat and barley that was out there to be harvested".

State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington will ask the government to help residents in her electorate of Nanango, saying farmers had suffered a massive setback.

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