Although we are a Tech site, we sometimes do see something in the news that merits mention here that is not of a technical nature. Today's news of the monstrous hurricane heading towards New Orleans is such an example. Hurricane Katrina is charging towards the city with 160-mph winds, prompting residents to flee for safety.

Mayor Ray Nagin said he believed 80 percent of the city's 480,000 residents had heeded an unprecedented mandatory evacuation as Katrina threatened to become the most powerful storm ever to slam the city.

"It's capable of causing catastrophic damage," said National Hurricane Centre Director Max Mayfield. "Even well-built structures will have tremendous damage. Of course, what we're really worried about is the loss of lives. New Orleans may never be the same."

We at Techspot wish the people of New Orleans the very best, and hope that this hurricane incident passes safely with no loss of life.