Warren (WWJ)- Mother Nature sounding an early wake up call for many as thunderstorms hit southeast Michigan early Tuesday morning.

Lightning from the storm hit a transformer that knocked out power to Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant on Mound Road. First shift workers at the plant were sent home at 8 o’clock Wednesday morning.  Second shift workers should report to work at their normal time, according to spokesman Ed Garsten. (More on this).

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A lightning strike also knocked out traffic signals at 18 Mile and Van Dyke in Sterling Heights.  Police say some power lines are also down in the area.

DTE Energy reported scattered outages. In Metro Detroit, rain is expected to be linger all day Tuesday.

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Flooding was reported on some surface streets including on Inkster Road between Six Mile and Seven Mile roads.

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Meantime, a good portion of the Upper Peninsula was in the dark, Tuesday, after massive storms struck the area. (More on this).

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