ATLANTA (AP) - The National Weather Service is warning pastors to have someone monitor the weather during Sunday services amid heightened risk for damaging tornadoes in parts of the South.

Forecaster Adam Baker in Georgia says a storm is expected to bring gusty winds and hail and potentially strong tornadoes on Saturday to Louisiana, Mississippi and some parts of western Alabama.

Thunderstorms will move into much of Georgia and the rest of Alabama on Sunday, with the possibility of isolated tornadoes as well as large hail and damaging winds. The weather service office in Birmingham advised pastors to figure out the safest location for their congregations in case of severe weather.

A series of tornadoes on Palm Sunday in 1994 killed 40 people in Georgia and Alabama, including 20 people at a church.

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