- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Forecasters say a storm moving up the Atlantic coast this week could dampen Pope Francis’ outdoor Mass in Philadelphia.

The National Weather Service says clouds will blanket the region all weekend, with a chance of showers beginning Sunday morning.

Organizers expect hundreds of thousands of people for a festival and concert featuring Francis on Saturday and his Mass on Sunday. About 40,000 people are ticketed for his Saturday speech on immigration and religious freedom at Independence Mall.

Forecasters say the storm expected to soak Virginia and Delaware on Friday could bring wind-driven rain to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Organizers say the Mass is rain or shine. They recommend people bring ponchos or other rain gear.

The outdoor venues will be evacuated if thunderstorms develop.

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