Mother left covered in bruises after she was caught in a devastating tornado

A mother has been left covered in bruises after trying to protect her baby when the pair were caught up in a dangerous supercell tornado.

The massive storm has roared through south-east Queensland, dropping tennis ball-sized hail and whipping up a tornado after hitting at 3pm on Thursday.

Residents of Tansey, a small town 250km north of Brisbane, have woken up to destroyed homes and farms – and more wild weather is on the way.

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

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

A mother (pictured) has been left covered in bruises after trying to protect her baby when the pair were caught up in a dangerous supercell tornado

A mother (pictured) has been left covered in bruises after trying to protect her baby when the pair were caught up in a dangerous supercell tornado

A mother (pictured) has been left covered in bruises after trying to protect her baby when the pair were caught up in a dangerous supercell tornado

Fiona Simpson (pictured) was driving with her grandmother and baby during the storm when huge chunks of ice smashed through the car windows and struck them

Fiona Simpson (pictured) was driving with her grandmother and baby during the storm when huge chunks of ice smashed through the car windows and struck them

Fiona Simpson (pictured) was driving with her grandmother and baby during the storm when huge chunks of ice smashed through the car windows and struck them

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

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

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

The massive storm has roared through south-east Queensland, dropping tennis ball-sized hail and whipping up a tornado after hitting at 3pm on Thursday

The massive storm has roared through south-east Queensland, dropping tennis ball-sized hail and whipping up a tornado after hitting at 3pm on Thursday

The massive storm has roared through south-east Queensland, dropping tennis ball-sized hail and whipping up a tornado after hitting at 3pm on Thursday

Ms Simpson posted photos of her shocking injuries to Facebook.

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

Farmers’ entire crops for the season have been wiped out after the devastating storm.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe weather warning for parts of the state, while a tornado was reported at Tansey. 

Tansey resident Greg Hellmuth said the noise from the tornado and hail was ‘unbelievable’, forcing his family to take shelter under a bed.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe weather warning for parts of the state, while a tornado was reported at Tansey

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe weather warning for parts of the state, while a tornado was reported at Tansey

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe weather warning for parts of the state, while a tornado was reported at Tansey

Tansey resident Greg Hellmuth said the noise from the tornado and hail was 'unbelievable', forcing his family to take shelter under a bed

Tansey resident Greg Hellmuth said the noise from the tornado and hail was 'unbelievable', forcing his family to take shelter under a bed

Tansey resident Greg Hellmuth said the noise from the tornado and hail was ‘unbelievable’, forcing his family to take shelter under a bed

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted more storms for south-east Queensland on Friday, with up to 50ml of rain expected

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted more storms for south-east Queensland on Friday, with up to 50ml of rain expected

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted more storms for south-east Queensland on Friday, with up to 50ml of rain expected

‘We ran inside and everything was going sideways, all the trees were going sideways, this roof went up (in the air) and down. We went under the mattress and that’s where we stayed,’ he told Nine News.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted more storms for south-east Queensland on Friday, with up to 50ml of rain expected.

The storm is moving north towards Yengarie, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. 

Roads have been cut off by trees and roofs have been ripped from buildings. 

A power outage in the Fraser Coast region left more than 10,000 homes without electricity, as destructive winds and large hailstones batter the state.

The storm is moving north towards Yengarie, leaving a path of destruction in its wake

The storm is moving north towards Yengarie, leaving a path of destruction in its wake

The storm is moving north towards Yengarie, leaving a path of destruction in its wake

Roads have been cut off by trees and roofs have been ripped from buildings

Roads have been cut off by trees and roofs have been ripped from buildings

Roads have been cut off by trees and roofs have been ripped from buildings

Tennis ball-sized hail (pictured) was captured battering over south-east Queensland on Thursday

The hail balls (pictured) were about seven centimetres in size and were damaging property

The hail balls (pictured) were about seven centimetres in size and were damaging property

The hail balls (pictured) were about seven centimetres in size and were damaging property

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe weather warning with dangerous thunderstorms with large hail in Kilkivian and between Biggenden and Tiaro  

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe weather warning with dangerous thunderstorms with large hail in Kilkivian and between Biggenden and Tiaro  

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe weather warning with dangerous thunderstorms with large hail in Kilkivian and between Biggenden and Tiaro  

The supersized hail – up to 7cm – was reported at Kumbia, Queensland about midday and a tornado was reported at Tansey, northwest of Murgon about 3pm.

About 4 to 5cm of hail hail has been reported in areas between Proton and Murgon with 3 to 5cm of hail reported near Gympie.

Severe thunderstorms are also expected in Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast districts. 

Three people have been hospitalised after large hail smashed through their car windscreen. 

The Queensland Ambulance Service said all three were injured in the same car while driving along the D’Aguilar Highway at Coolabunia. 

Destructive winds and large hailstones (pictured) are likely to continue with a potential tornado

Destructive winds and large hailstones (pictured) are likely to continue with a potential tornado

Destructive winds and large hailstones (pictured) are likely to continue with a potential tornado

The supersized hail (pictured) - up to 7cm - was reported at Kumbia, Queensland about midday and a tornado was reported at Tansey, northwest of Murgon about 3pm

The supersized hail (pictured) - up to 7cm - was reported at Kumbia, Queensland about midday and a tornado was reported at Tansey, northwest of Murgon about 3pm

The supersized hail (pictured) – up to 7cm – was reported at Kumbia, Queensland about midday and a tornado was reported at Tansey, northwest of Murgon about 3pm

Emergency services have urged people to take caution by moving cars away from trees, securing loose outdoor items, seeking shelter and avoiding using the phone.

There are also nearly 6,000 properties in Kingaroy and surrounding areas are without power.

Brianna Reynolds told Weatherzone the storm had passed in less than 10 minutes.

‘It ripped through pretty quick but it was heavy. The main street looked about six o’clock in the afternoon, it was dark and it just hit,’ she said.

‘It was so loud, you couldn’t hear yourself think.’    

Brianna Reynolds told Weatherzone that the storm had passed in less than 10 minutes

Brianna Reynolds told Weatherzone that the storm had passed in less than 10 minutes

Brianna Reynolds told Weatherzone that the storm had passed in less than 10 minutes

Emergency services has urged people to take caution by moving cars away from trees, securing loose outdoor items, seeking shelter and avoiding using the phone

Emergency services has urged people to take caution by moving cars away from trees, securing loose outdoor items, seeking shelter and avoiding using the phone

Emergency services has urged people to take caution by moving cars away from trees, securing loose outdoor items, seeking shelter and avoiding using the phone

BOM senior forecaster Jonty Hall said the storms were fast-moving and tracking towards the coast.

‘They’ve been stronger than anything else around at the moment, and capable of producing damaging winds and very large hail,’ he said.

‘We’ve seen hail reported up to tennis ball size at this stage it’s possible some of these storms could even be capable of producing hail stones larger than that, so it’s certainly capable of causing damage and being quite dangerous.’

He said there had been several reports of trees being ripped out by the roots following the destructive weather, with the worst yet to come.

Mr Hall said the cells were capable of producing damaging or even destructive winds. 

'They've been stronger than anything else around at the moment, and capable of producing damaging winds and very large hail,' BOM senior forecaster Jonty Hall

'They've been stronger than anything else around at the moment, and capable of producing damaging winds and very large hail,' BOM senior forecaster Jonty Hall

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‘They’ve been stronger than anything else around at the moment, and capable of producing damaging winds and very large hail,’ BOM senior forecaster Jonty Hall

He said there have been several reports of trees being ripped out by the roots following the destructive weather and that it is a possibility there is worse to come

He said there have been several reports of trees being ripped out by the roots following the destructive weather and that it is a possibility there is worse to come

He said there have been several reports of trees being ripped out by the roots following the destructive weather and that it is a possibility there is worse to come

Extraordinary footage shows extreme winds gushing through backyards and hail balls falling and bouncing as they land. 

Residents in New South Wales have also been warned that severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall and the possibility of flash floods.  

Areas which may be affected include Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett, Dubbo and Coonamble.

Residents are urged to stay indoors and call emergency crews if faced with danger. 

Melbourne is expected to enjoy a few days of sunshine before rain is expected to batter the state. 

Adelaide will continue experiencing warm temperatures and sunny days before a few rainy days arrive.

In Perth, showers are expected throughout the rest of the week, while Tasmania will also have a few days of rain. 

The Northern Territory continues to bathe in warm temperatures, but should experience a few storms.  

AUSTRALIA’S WEATHER: THE FIVE-DAY FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY     

FRIDAY: Min 14. Max 19. Possible shower.

SATURDAY: Min 14. Max 20. Showers increasing.

SUNDAY: Min 15. Max 21. Showers.

MONDAY: Min 16. Max 22. Shower or two.

TUESDAY: Min 17. Max 24. Possible shower.

CANBERRA    

FRIDAY: Min 4. Max 16. Cloudy.

SATURDAY: Min 4. Max 18. Possible shower.

SUNDAY: Min 7. Max 19. Shower or two.

MONDAY: Min 8. Max 23. Possible shower.

TUESDAY: Min 10. Max 22. Showers increasing.

PERTH     

FRIDAY: Min 15. Max 20. Shower or two.

SATURDAY: Min 13. Max 21. Showers. Possible storm.

SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Showers easing.

MONDAY: Min 11. Max 22. Partly cloudy.

TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 26. Sunny.

BRISBANE     

FRIDAY: Min 17. Max 20. Rain at times.

SATURDAY: Min 16. Max 19. Rain at times.

SUNDAY: Min 17. Max 22. Showers.

MONDAY: Min 17. Max 23. Showers.

TUESDAY: Min 17. Max 25. Shower or two.

MELBOURNE    

FRIDAY: Min 8. Max 22. Sunny.

SATURDAY: Min 11. Max 23. Sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 14. Max 24. Partly cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 17. Max 26. Shower or two.

TUESDAY: Min 17. Max 24. Shower or two.

ADELAIDE    

FRIDAY: Min 12. Max 26. Partly cloudy.

SATURDAY: Min 15. Max 27. Partly cloudy.

SUNDAY: Min 18. Max 29. Shower or two.

MONDAY: Min 18. Max 24. Possible shower.

TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 19. Possible shower.

HOBART      

FRIDAY: Min 8. Max 17. Light shower or two.

SATURDAY: Min 8. Max 21. Mostly sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Partly cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Partly cloudy.

TUESDAY: Min 15. Max 24. Shower or two.

DARWIN      

FRIDAY: Min 24. Max 33. Mostly sunny.

SATURDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Possible shower or storm

SUNDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Shower or two. Possible storm.

MONDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Shower or two. Possible storm.

TUESDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Shower or two. Possible storm.

 

Source: BOM

 

 

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