Storm surge rising steadily in Surfside Beach

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Surfside Beach began to see high storm surge from Hurricane Harvey on Friday. (KTRK)

As Hurricane Harvey approached Surfside Beach, residents heeded the mandatory evacuation warning, leaving the area noticeably empty as the storm surge began to rise on Friday.

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said residents need to watch the weather closely and evacuate if required or asked to do so.

"Be prepared. We don't know what this thing is going to do," Sebesta said.

There are about 4,000 residents in the mandatory evacuation area.

Those who chose not to evacuate tried to stock up on necessities like water before Harvey's approach.

"Give us your best shot, buddy," quipped resident Robert Bradley as he showed off a room full of large water bottles and other necessities.

"In the winter time, we have cold fronts come from the north that blow just as hard. Now we've got one coming from the south," Bradley added.

The Bradleys and others who chose to remain will be on their own should serious trouble arise. The sheriff and police chief both said they won't risk the lives of first responders to save people who didn't listen to evacuation warnings.

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