MADISON, Wis. — Dozens of Red Cross volunteers from Wisconsin are headed south to help victims of Hurricane Matthew.

About 30 people from across the state are in the first wave of volunteers headed for Florida. The hurricane approached Florida overnight, bringing damaging winds and heavy rain. Nearly 600,000 people are without power.

WKOW-TV ( ) says Gerry and Jim Gilmour, of Dodgeville, are among the Wisconsin volunteers headed there. They’ll direct those impacted by the hurricane to shelters and meal sites. The Gilmours are Red Cross veterans and have taken more than 30 trips to disaster relief sites across the country.

A second wave of volunteers will be deployed, depending on how much help is needed in the areas hit by hurricane damage.

Information from: WKOW-TV,