Andrew Revkins, the Times’ chief investigative reporter, said on Monday that the death toll had increased to 815.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Times, Revkins also said the “damage is real” and he could not wait to find out how many of those dead were in the hospital.
He said he had received an alarming number of calls from people “losing their homes”.
“I have to say, there are a lot of people who are saying, ‘Please, please, call the National Weather Service to tell them about the hurricane damage we have done.
‘Please tell them to keep it up, we need it.
“It’s been a very dangerous storm. “
The toll is higher now than it was last week,” he said.
“It’s been a very dangerous storm.
It has a lot more intensity.”
In a statement, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was a category four hurricane and had sustained winds of 185 kilometres per hour (100 mph) and sustained rainfall of about 4.5 metres (14 feet) in some areas.
The storm has made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Monday.
In a separate interview, Revkin said the Times had been inundated with requests from people with personal experiences of the storm, which he described as “unbearable”.
He said: “When we were reporting about it last week, the first thing that came to mind was, ‘How do I tell my wife and kids?'”
“And I was thinking, ‘This is so horrific.
We need to get it out there.
“I’ve had a lot to say about this storm. “
I’ve seen people who were literally thrown from rooftops. “
I’ve had a lot to say about this storm.
I’ve seen people who were literally thrown from rooftops.
I have seen people getting shot at.
I see a lot that I don’t see on TV.
I don and can’t tell people about.”
Revkins added: “I don’t know if I’m going to get to write this story again for the Times.
The Times reported last week that a third of the U.S. population was in danger of losing electricity, water and other basic services. “
But the story will come out.”
The Times reported last week that a third of the U.S. population was in danger of losing electricity, water and other basic services.
The newspaper said that power, water, gas and sewer systems in Texas and other states were severely understaffed.
Revkins said the floodwaters had reached as much as 15 feet (4.2 metres) in places, including parts of Houston.
He added: There’s a lot happening on the ground.
“There’s no place to hide anymore.
You’ve got to make a dash for it.”
The Times reported that at least a dozen homes and businesses in Houston had flooded in the aftermath of the devastating storm.