Lightning strikes tree In Tampa, injures two children

Posted at 8:06 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 17:21:35-04

Two children were injured Thursday evening when lightning struck a tree and pulled down power lines in east Tampa, officials said. 

A massive tree fell after it was struck by lightning in the area of East Osborne Avenue and North 37th Street in Tampa. It pulled down power lines next to a house.

Tampa police officers on the scene said the childen were "zapped" after touching a metal fence with live power lines on it. 

"They are my babies. Those are my babies," the children's aunt told ABC Action News before she rushed to the hospital. 

Alexis Moore-Merritt identified the victims as 12-year-old Jemeal and 14-year-old Jemireka. Both were taken to Tampa General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Both returned home from the hospital just after 9 p.m. Thursday.  Moore-Merritt said Jemeal and Jemireka suffered some minor cuts and bruises but are OK. 

The family planned to stay overnight in a hotel.

TECO does not plan to restore electricity to the house until an electrician can inspect the property.