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Florida City Accidentally Issues Zombie Warning

Florida City Accidentally Issues Zombie Warning

Following a power outage, the South Florida city of Lake Worth issued a zombie warning because, ya know, it’s Florida.  

Following a power outage in Lake Worth, FL, an official notice was sent to residents that would be unusual for most states, but for Florida is probably just another Sunday. The alert let people know that the outage was widespread, that it would be fixed within a few hours, and that it affected around 7,000 residents.

Oh, and it mentioned that the cause was zombie-related. So there’s that.

“Power outage and zombie alert for the residents of Lake Worth and Terminus,” the alert read. “There are now far less than 7,380 customers involved due to extreme zombie activity.”

Lake Worth is located just east of Palm Springs, and just north of Boca Raton. It’s also just a few miles south of Mar-a-Lago, aka the Winter White House, so we can only dream about what may have been. Thankfully, the city was quick to assure its residents that there was, in fact, no zombie outbreak.

“We are looking into the reports that the system mentioned zombies,” said Ben Kerr, Lake Worth’s communications specialist on the city’s Facebook page. “I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity currently and apologize for the system message.”

Good thing he reiterated it and let us know that the people of Lake Worth weren’t actually being ripped apart and eaten by fictional monsters. Close one.

Sure, this alert might seem like an obvious joke, you never can tell what will happen in Florida. Tis an odd place, filled with odd things. Plus, if there was a zombie apocalypse, South Florida, specifically Miami, just 60 miles south of Lake Worth, is considered one of the top 10 worst US cities to be stuck in.

So better safe than sorry. Plus, ya know, it’s Florida. If ever there really was a zombie outbreak in the US, the odds of it starting in Florida are probably fairly high.

As for the mention of “Terminus,” it’s almost certainly a reference to The Walking Dead, a once extremely popular zombie show on AMC that went to great measures to ensure that people stopped watching. There are still several people that amble along with the show, shuffling episode to episode in search of even a morsel of plot to further the story, but their numbers continue to dwindle.

While no one has confirmed who changed the message or how it happened, the power outage itself was real enough. The cause hasn’t been revealed, but it was repaired within 30 minutes. OR WAS IT? (It was.) One possibility for the zombie message is that the alert was one of several “fun” test alerts that accidentally got mixed in with the real ones.



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