Weather alert: Mom, 2 kids shocked by lightning in Bradenton; more heavy rains on Monday

July 1, 2013 

MANATEE -- A mother and her two children were treated at a local hospital Monday morning after lightning struck near their Bradenton home.

Lindsey Lester said she and her young children Joelle and J.R., along with her boyfriend and a baby, were huddled inside a 10-person tent outside Lester's home on the 2200 block of 20th Avenue West when a strong storm rolled through.

Lester said she was giving her children camping lessons when lightning struck around 4:30 a.m.

The three were rushed to Manatee Memorial Hospital, but none were seriously injured. They were all released in about two hours.

Bradenton police said no one was actually hit by the lightning.

"Lightning struck at an unknown location nearby and the people only received a slight discharge from the event," a police report states.

Meanwhile, heavy rains are likely Monday in Bradenton, thanks to showers and thunderstorms expected to move through the area.

The National Weather Service is calling for a high near 87, with south-southwesterly winds around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. The chance of rain is 90 percent.

Monday night, skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. The chance of rain is 70 percent.

Because of winds blowing across the Gulf of Mexico, there is a moderate risk of rip currents off local beaches through at least Tuesday morning, according to the Weather Service.

Bay News 9 contributed to this report.

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