People receive alarming ‘zombie warning’ text during power black-out

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Someone may be in a bit of trouble after a mass ‘zombie alert’ text was sent out during a power outage.

Residents became concerned after receiving the bizarre push alert message from the City of Lake Worth in Florida around 1.45am, in the midst of a power black-out.

It read: “Power outage and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus.

“There are now far less than 7,380 customers involved due to extreme zombie activity. Restoration time uncertain.”


The power outage and zombie alert was sent to Florida residents in the middle of the night

 

Local media outlet, Palm Beach Post reported the mention of ‘Terminus’ was potentially referencing the city in the popular zombie TV show, The Walking Dead.

It reported a post on a community Facebook page had indicated the zombie apocalypse message was unintended.

The message was thought to have been in reference to zombie TV series, The Walking Dead

“We are looking into reports that the system mentioned zombies,” City public information officer, Ben Kerr wrote.

“I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity currently and apologize for the system message.”

Kerr went on to say 7,880 customers had been affected by the outage and that power was restored within 27 minutes.

Following the message, a city employee took to Facebook to reassure residents there had been no zombie sightings
(Image: Lonely Planet Images)

 

The mass text alert was not the first of its kind to leave recipients confused.

In January, a message warning of an imminent ballistic missile threat to Hawaii was also sent in error, terrifying residents who began saying their goodbyes to loved ones.

In February, the U.S National Weather Service sent out a ‘test’ notice to practice warning weather outlets about tsunamis, however some of the recipients believed the warning to be true and posted alerts to their customers.

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