Three shocked by lightning while sleeping in tent in Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. - A mother and her two children were shocked by lightning while in a tent in Bradenton early Monday.

The three were in the tent outside their home sleeping as part of practice for a camping trip, police said.

All three were taken to a hospital where they were medically cleared and allowed to return home.

A Lee County Sheriff's Office patrol car also was struck by lightning early Monday. The deputy driving the car had to pull over when its engine shut off.

Officials say the emergency lights atop the vehicle were shattered but the deputy was not injured.

According to the National Weather Service, Florida led the country last year with five deaths caused by lightning strikes. Three lightning fatalities have been reported in Florida so far this year.

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