It was followed swiftly by the game between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.
And the Stoke v Swansea clash was subject to two inspections before eventually getting the all-clear with kick-off put back 15 minutes.
The City match was not in doubt earlier in the day but the weather worsened considerably closer to kick-off.
And Greater Manchester Police and City had no choice but to postpone the fixture.
The pitch was perfectly playable and referee Lee Probert had no concerns about the game going ahead in the blustery conditions.
“the wind blew over a programme booth outside of the stadium and left broken glass scattered all over one of the main approaches to the ground”
But it was conditions outside the Etihad that were causing concern.
A number of roads around Manchester were closed due to falling trees causing problems for fans trying to get to the ground.
Then the wind blew over a programme booth outside of the stadium and left broken glass scattered all over one of the main approaches to the ground.
A marquee collapsed, a wall fell near the ground and LED lights around the stadium were almost coming out of the ground.
Sunderland were already at the ground but both Black Cats boss Gus Poyet and City manager Manuel Pellegrini supported the decision to call the game off.
No date has been set for the rearranged fixture but with City’s involvement in four competitions and Sunderland in three, the Premier League may have a headache over when to squeeze it in.
The decision to call the match off just 35 minutes before kick-off, was criticised by supporters who had already made their way to the ground.
But Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said: “We took the decision as early as we could. We decided the game should got ahead at 6.30pm but 10 or 15 minutes later people saw things dropping off roofs.
“If we had called it in anticipation of tiles falling we’d have been criticised. Once you see stuff falling from buildings there was only one decision to make.”
The postponement was particularly bad news for lifelong Everton fan Ric Wee from Malaysia, who had waited 30 years to see a game at Goodison Park but had to make do with a VIP tour and meeting the players instead.