Rain, wind, tropical storm watch today in Charleston

The threat of heavy rain and wind Saturday has prompted the cancellation of the Charleston Farmers Market.

The popular venue typically draws hundreds of people to Marion Square. The event was canceled after city officials consulted with the Emergency Management Division and police department, according to the announcement.

A tropical storm watch for the Charleston area remains in effect, with heavy rain and strong wind gusts possible later today and Saturday.

More rain is in the forecast for Sunday after the storm system passes.

A high surf advisory is in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday as subtropical storm Ana draws nears and passes, according to the National Weather Service. Dangerous rip currents make swimming in the ocean risky, and the weather service advises against it. Waves of 4 to 5 feet could erode local beaches.

Wind and rain are expected to pick up as subtropical storm Ana moves closer. Major flooding is not expected, although low-lying areas could flood at high tide tonight, which is around 11:30 p.m.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the south Santee River in South Carolina to Surf City, N.C. The system is expected to deliver 2 to 4 inches of rain over the weekend.

In the tri-county region, the strongest winds are expected Saturday afternoon. Gusts could be strong enough to bring down trees limbs and power lines, according to the weather service.

The chance of rain today is 50 percent, with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon, according to the weather service. Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 79 and wind gusts up to 30 mph.

The chance of rain Saturday is 40 percent, with thunderstorms after noon and tropical storm conditions possible. Saturday should be cloudy, with a high near 80 and wind gusts up to 29 mph.

Sunday should be cloudy, with a high near 80 and a 60 percent chance of more rain.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.