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Woman and her 2 kids in hospital in Manatee after lightning strike

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BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

A woman and her two children are hospitalized after lightning struck near where they were standing in Manatee County. 

According to the National Weather Service the three were in a tent outside a Bradenton house at the 2200 block of 20th Avenue West early Monday when lightning struck nearby. Authorities say, they are in stable condition.

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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