Mother battered, bruised while shielding baby from torrential Australian hailstorm

Fiona Simpson was left covered in bruises. Pic Facebook

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

Despite the harrowing experience, her daughter and grandmother are "alright", Simpson said.

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

"I wasn't driving very fast because I couldn't see very well... I couldn't see in front of me, I couldn't even see the line on the road", Simpson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Simpson tried to help her grandmother, but both women were pelted with the large hailstones, according to the report.

The mother made a decision to pull the vehicle over to the side of a road to wait out the storm.

As a major clean-up operation is under way after a tornado and severe storms, a distressed Aussie mother has revealed the terrifying moment ferocious hail ripped through her vehicle - with her young baby inside.

Her 78-year-old grandmother was also in the vehicle.

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

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Simpson told the outlet that she quickly pulled her vehicle to the side of the road to wait out the storm - but that it quickly became apparent that the threat was still imminent.

In the Facebook post on Thursday she said: "I've learned my lesson today, never drive in a hail storm!"

"I covered my infant with my body to stop her from getting badly injured", she wrote in the post.

"I know I'll be sore tomorrow, does anyone know of a cream or ointment that will help with the bruising?"

"My entire back, arms and head are badly bruised".

Simpson and her daughter were treated for their injuries and released from Kingaroy Hospital in Queensland, Australia, on Thursday.

"Next door to me is the old abattoir and that whole shed has imploded inward and the whole end of it was taken out as well", she said.

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