Power outages across the UK have prompted a massive increase in calls to the electricity company’s emergency number.
The average number of people calling has doubled in the last week, according to data from the ONS.
This has resulted in calls from households being flooded with calls.RTE understands that the surge in calls has been caused by the surge across the North Sea, which has led to the arrival of huge numbers of ships in the North East of England.
Many homes in the region have already had their power cut.
However, this has not led to a huge increase in demand for power, according the company.
In fact, power outages are actually a relatively small part of the total demand, with the total amount of electricity required by the UK’s households being about 4.6 per cent of total electricity demand.
The number of calls to power outage centres has also dropped by over 30 per cent, RTE reports.
There is a slight rise in demand from a few rural areas, with a few hundred calls recorded in a few days, according RTE.
The company says this will help power out the situation in rural areas.
However it is understood that the vast majority of people will still be without power in the rest of the UK.
There are a number of other factors at play that have seen a huge drop in the number of customers calling the emergency numbers.
Rise in the use of social mediaRTE’s Mike Evans says the rise in the internet has been one of the main factors in the increase in call volumes.
This includes a spike in calls coming from social media, with people now calling 911 when they have a problem with their internet connection.
He said: “I don’t think that’s a new phenomenon.
I think that it has been going on for some time, and it is now a major factor.”
In some parts of the country it is already so high it is difficult to get through to the police, and then if you are talking to the fire brigade, the ambulance service, and the police the situation becomes even more dire.
“People are calling the number to see what’s going on, because it’s so much more convenient than to get to the nearest shop and buy a new phone.”