Cavs to open season as scheduled

The Cleveland Cavaliers say their season opener against

Washington will be played as scheduled.

Team spokesman Tad Carper said the NBA team has been in contact

Tuesday with city officials. The team is closely monitoring weather

conditions and has contingency plans in place in case things

change. Like so many other cities, Cleveland was slammed by rain

and high winds from superstorm Sandy, which uprooted trees, cut

power to hundreds of thousands and closed schools.

About 260,000 homes and businesses in Ohio remain without power

– the majority in the Cleveland area. A low-lying section of

Interstate 90 east of downtown was shut down because waves from

Lake Erie were crashing over barriers and onto the roadway.

The Wizards arrived in Cleveland on Monday and practiced at

Quicken Loans Arena.