SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (FOX 26) - In Surfside Beach, people are accustomed to the quiet beach atmosphere and unfortunately, also the weather.
The Bisso family was packing up and evacuating on Thursday afternoon, like many other residents nearby, in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey striking the Texas coast. This is not the first time they have had to leave town in a hurry.
"During Ike, we actually lost our house," describes Beverly Bisso. "There was a house on the beach sitting on the corner, floated off its pilings across the street and rammed into our house, rammed it about three inches but we had to tear it all down, took us a year and a half to rebuild and then when we did we build higher, stronger."
The area where Beverly Bisso and her husband live is a under a mandatory evacuation. The National Weather Service says this area could see a 6-to-10-foot storm surge and winds potentially reaching 50-to-60 mph.
"I've called for a mandatory evacuation of our coastal communities on the Gulf side of the Intracoastal Waterway and then a voluntary in the low-lying coastal areas that are outside the levees," says Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta.
At the end of Highway 332, crews have already begun barricading off some of the major paths to the beach, hoping people heed the warning and leave town.
"We have helped my mother, who is by herself, prepare and move everything upstairs and get her documents and all papers and pictures," says Amy Bush.
"Hopefully, the upstairs stays and nothing gets destroyed," says Madison Wiltz.
Judge Sebesta says everyone should leave the mandatory evacuation zone by Friday morning. Approximately 4,000 people are affected by the evacuation order.