Storms possible for event-filled Saturday

There’s a chance Thunder Over Augusta today could involve real thunder.

The National Weather Ser­vice office in West Columbia, S.C., is predicting a 40 percent chance of rain after noon today, with a chance of thunderstorms later in the evening.

Today is shaping up to be packed with events.

The annual outdoor concert May­fest will be held at May Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature gospel, R&B and hip-hop artists.

Gates open at 11 a.m. for the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thom­son. Performers include Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Tab Benoit, the Randall Bramblett Band, The Reve­lers and Crosstie Walkers.

At Thunder over Augusta, gates open at noon and roads around Evans Towne Center Park will be closed to accommodate visitors.

The road beside the park that connects the Kroger shopping center to Evans Town Center Boulevard has been closed since Friday morning, and Town Center Boulevard will be closed from 8 a.m. today until midnight to provide pedestrian access to the park, according to Columbia County Roads and Bridges.

This is the second year Thunder Over Augusta has been held at the park, and this year attendees can ride a UH-1 Huey helicopter for $60, or on an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter for $275.

Admission to the event and other attractions, including displays of military vehicles, are free, with activities from noon until 10 p.m.

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