UPDATE (4:00 p.m.): Nearly 200 Michigan National Guard members mobilized at the Grand Valley Armory Monday, in preparation to head down to Florida.
Those troops joined about 300 others at Camp Grayling, where they will load up trucks with their supplies and equipment.
The nearly 500 Guard members will head down Tuesday morning in 120 vehicles. A separate crew will also take a helicopter down for air assistance.
Once they arrive, troops expect to help clean up the damage left behind by Irma.
So far, millions of homes and businesses are without power, and some cities and towns are dealing with major flooding.
An additional 570 troops are scheduled to deploy next week. 6 News will continue to keep you updated as the recovery effort continues in Florida.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Army National Guard is sending more than 1,000 soldiers to the South to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.
Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais says Guard members “are anxious to get down there” as soon as possible.
The Guard says it will be providing security, humanitarian assistance and aircraft maintenance. Approximately 425 soldiers from the 126th Infantry Regiment will first head to Camp Grayling in northern Michigan, pack equipment and then depart for Florida on Tuesday.
There will be dozens of vehicles and trucks in that convoy.