The cities of Pearland and Friendswood avoided major effects from Hurricane Nicholas, mostly feeling the strong winds of the storm as it made landfall along the Texas coastline early Sept. 14.

“I would say the No. 1 thing the Pearland Police Department was dealing with was probably wind and [the] knocking down [of] traffic control lights,” said Jason Wells, Pearland Police Department public information officer.

Within Pearland, there were several traffic-light intersections that lost power, and the Pearland Police Department partnered with the city’s street department to post portable stop signs until the power at the traffic lights was regained, Wells said.

With pockets of subdivisions without power, the police department’s patrol division was going in and out of subdivisions aiding any way they could, Wells said.

Friendswood also saw widespread wind damage with vegetative debris and power outages predominately on the Harris County side of the city, said Glenda Faulkner, the Friendswood city manager executive assistant, in an email. Both Faulkner and Wells said they did not see any reports of injuries or deaths directly related to Hurricane Nicholas.

The Friendswood Police Department also said they did not receive any reports regarding major problems connected to the storm.

“Overnight, the police department responded to multiple business and home alarm calls caused by the storm,” said Taylor McCombs, the Friendswood Police Department community engagement and media specialist. “Officers observed some minor street flooding and noted some power outages.”

The biggest concern now turns to the removal of debris, power restoration, clearing roads, and clearing drainage and stormwater inlets, Faulkner said.

As of 10:25 a.m. on Sept. 15, power outages have become more scarce in Pearland, but a bulk of them are centered along Broadway Street as far north as McHard Road and down to Magnolia Parkway, according to CenterPoint Energy.

In Friendswood, the only notable outages are located along Friendswood Link Road, but much of the city is reporting no issues, according to CenterPoint Energy.

“We are asking residents to be mindful as they are clearing debris from their property and to follow the guidelines that they normally would for green waste pickup, which is to place all vegetative debris on the curb in bags or in bundles no more than 4 feet long and no more than 40 pounds each,” McCombs said.