Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Winds are around 20 MPH with gusts reportedly between 30-40 MPH.
It reminds me of four years ago when the remnants of Hurricane Ike spun around and slammed 70-MPH gusts into southwest Ohio. Damage estimates were well north of $500 million and most likely reached nearly a billion. The windstorm pounded the area on September 14, 2008, the same day that the Cincinnati Bengals lost 24-7 to the Tennessee Titans where the wind ironically affected the Bengals; Shayne Graham missed on a 37-yarder and Carson Palmer threw two interceptions compiling a 41.3 passer rating.
Now there's no remnants of a Hurricane baring down on Cleveland, but the wind will affect Sunday's game between the Bengals and Browns. Most forecasts predict 20-30 MPH winds in Cleveland around kickoff, which will likely remain throughout the game with a chance of storms forecasted after the game. Bengals Radio Network play-by-play Dan Hoard tweets Sunday morning that winds are around 18 with gusts of 35 already. Local 12 sports director Brad Johansen tweets that the "wind here in Cleveland doesn't stay... swirls all the way down to the field and it's gusting today. Will have an impact."
The Bengals will kickoff at 1 PM (ET) Sunday afternoon on CBS.