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This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. June 3.

A water rescue, a lightning strike and power outages kept Prince George’s County Fire officials and utility workers busy Friday night after thunderstorms moved through the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

As of Sunday morning, Pepco had restored all power lost because of the storms to its customers in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, said Myra Oppel, a Pepco spokeswoman.

The areas hardest hit by the storms included Capitol Heights, Suitland and southeast part of the District, Oppel said.

“Most of the damage was due to the lightning and rain, which brought down tree limbs, which brought down wires,” she said.

Pepco had as many as 18,000 outages during the peak of the storms, and the outages were roughly split between the District and Prince George’s County, Oppel said.

According to Baltimore Gas & Electric’s website, power lost as a result of Friday’s storms had been restored to its more than 80,000 Prince George's County customers and almost 14,000 Montgomery County customers by Sunday morning.

Potomac Edison’s website said about 26 of its 99,329 customers in Frederick County were affected by outages as of 9 a.m. Sunday.

Three teens in Mount Rainier nearly became casualties of Friday evening’s thunderstorms. Rescue personnel from several county fire departments rescued them from rising water levels of the Northwest Branch in Mount Rainier, according to a release from the county fire/EMS department.

The incident happened after 7 p.m., when three teens were walking the shoreline of the Northwest Branch near the 38th Street bridge following heavy rains that moved through the county. For unknown reasons the three ended up in the water and caught in a strong current, prompting a witness to call 911, according to the release.

Joe Ford, a career firefighter based out of Springdale’s St. Joseph Fire/EMS station, had to be lowered with the help of a harness into the water to grab the teens one by one and lift them back onto the bridge, the release states. All were taken to the hospital and last listed in good condition, the release states.

A little more than an hour before the water rescue, lightening struck an apartment complex around 5:45 p.m. in the 6800 block of Riverdale Road, causing utility power lines to burn through a third floor and attic in three buildings, according to Mark Brady, a county fire/EMS spokesman. The incident caused $40,000 in damage and affected residents were placed in other apartment units, Brady said.

nmcgill@gazette.net

Staff writer Abby Brownback contributed to this report.