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Storm destroys church as threat continues in Midwest, South

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2017 file photo, the moon rises over a destroyed neighborhood in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through the New Orleans East section of New Orleans.  Forecasters are warning of severe storms as a powerful system moves across the central United States, the start of what could a turbulent stretch of spring weather over the next few days. The bull's-eye for some of the most fearsome weather _ including possible tornadoes, s over parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and east Texas on Friday, March 24 forecasters said. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2017 file photo, the moon rises over a destroyed neighborhood in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through the New Orleans East section of New Orleans. Forecasters are warning of severe storms as a powerful system moves across the central United States, the start of what could a turbulent stretch of spring weather over the next few days. The bull's-eye for some of the most fearsome weather _ including possible tornadoes, s over parts of Louisiana, Arkansas and east Texas on Friday, March 24 forecasters said. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say an apparent tornado demolished a church as a large system of storms threatened several states across the South and Midwest.

The Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office said on Saturday that the storm destroyed the Ringgold Assembly of God Church in Ringgold, Louisiana, late Friday night. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service planned damage surveys to confirm whether a tornado struck the church.

Saturday's storms were moving across Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, where power companies on Saturday reported more than 15,000 customers without electricity.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says Saturday's storms are just the start of what's expected to be a very active week for severe weather.

Forecasters said that on Sunday, residents in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas could see another round of severe storms.