A wet platform at the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station in Virginia.
The effects of Hurricane Sandy may cause unique problems for the Metro transit system and its riders. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the transit agency is issuing caution to passengers on trains and buses, specifically when it comes to boarding from outdoor platforms.
"Outdoor platforms do have a tendency to be slippery, so riders should allow plenty of time for boarding trains," says Stessel. "In high wind conditions, commuters should make sure they're far away from the edge of the platform."
Commuters should also remember to close umbrellas on all platforms. A gust of wind could carry the device onto the track, causing problems for the trains.
Just in case there are delays, Stessel recommends all riders sign up for MetroAlerts. He says with so many unknowns, it's best to take all possible precautions.