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.
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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.