Hurricane heads for New Orleans

By Derek Sooman on August 29, 2005, 3:20 AM
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.

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zephead said:
i believe there is another concern...there is a massive oil refinery that will be hit by said hurricane. if that refinery gets knocked out gasoline prices will instantly shoot up considerably. plus, osme of the the US governemnt oil reserves are located in parts of louisiana and texas. i think this hurricane can have a huge effect on the US...
Mikael said:
I hope that everyone down south is in a safe and secure location. Very scary times! :(
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