Britney Spears is praying for victims of Hurricane Katrina in her native deep south after discovering all of her own family is safe.

The Louisiana native singer was stunned by the natural disaster that has ravaged the American Gulf coast, and left an emotional message on her internet site.

She writes, "My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and any other states that might be affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"All of my family members there are safe and thank you to all my fans for your concern. Love, Britney."