Latest: Lightning topples tree on car, trapping mother, son

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — A woman and her 2-year-old son have been rescued after lightning struck and toppled a tree onto their car in southern Michigan, trapping them for about an hour.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports they were driving Tuesday evening in Jackson when the tree hit them during a heavy thunderstorm. Rescue crews cut the roof off the car and used a chain saw to remove the tree.

People at the scene applauded when they were rescued. The newspaper says they appeared to be OK.

Storms hit the state Tuesday, flooding roads and leaving several thousand homes and businesses without power in Jackson County.

Authorities say a tornado struck Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula during a storm that downed trees and caused power outages and flooding.