Severe winds leave more than 300,000 without power in DC area Severe winds leave more than 300,000 without power in DC area By WTOP StaffMarch 2, 2018 10:50 am Friday is shaping up to be the windiest day in the D.C. area since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The severe winds toppled trees and power lines, leaving roughly 300,000 were without power as of Friday morning. Federal government offices and all major school systems in the D.C. area closed for the day. DemocRATs are screaming, what about the children? Why didn't President Trump stop this? Will our precious troops get paid? What about the National Parks?