Pearland, Friendswood monitor Tropical Storm Laura as path remains uncertain

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows wind speed probabilities for Tropical Storm Laura as of 10:55 a.m. Aug. 24. (Screenshot Courtesy National Weather Service)
A graphic from the National Weather Service shows wind speed probabilities for Tropical Storm Laura as of 10:55 a.m. Aug. 24. (Screenshot Courtesy National Weather Service)

A graphic from the National Weather Service shows wind speed probabilities for Tropical Storm Laura as of 10:55 a.m. Aug. 24. (Screenshot Courtesy National Weather Service)

The cities of Pearland and Friendswood are in the early stages of preparing for Tropical Storm Laura, as the storm’s path remains undefined.

“We are not under- or overreacting but preparing appropriately,” Pearland Director of Communications Josh Lee said.

Pearland established an incident management team last week; it met over the weekend to make sure the city has the most up-to-date information. The city is primarily focused on Tropical Storm Laura rather than Marco, as that appears to be the bigger threat to the area, Lee said.

Both Pearland and Friendswood are making sure high-water rescue vehicles are ready as the cities are monitoring the storm.

Friendswood canclled its municipal court docket for Wednesday and may shut down other city facilities and programs if necessary, officials said.


Pearland city officials encouraged citizens to have their own plan of preparation in place as well, Lee said.

While Laura’s trajectory is unknown, Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in Brazoria County and Galveston County earlier today.
By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.