Crews restored power to nearly 15,000 customers following severe storms across the state Friday evening, according to a statement from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

BGE hopes to restore service to all customers by 5 p.m., but some outages may last longer due to "extensive damage" from the storms, the company said. By 3 p.m. Saturday, approximately 265 customers are still without power, according to the company's website.

"Crews working through the night were able to make significant progress restoring electric service to more than 15,000 customers as safely and as quickly as possible," A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE, said in the statement.

The hardest-hit areas were southern Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, BGE said. Crews worked through the night and are hoping to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, according to the statement.

Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a chance of thunderstorms this evening. High temperatures are expected to be close to 90 degrees.

dean.jones@baltsun.com

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