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FL city accidentally sends ‘zombie alert’ to residents after power outage

Members of Team Beale dressed up as zombies chase after runners during the annual Zombie Run at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Oct. 31, 2012. The zombie volunteers' goals were to scare and chase runners over a 2.6-mile course while trying to capture their flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Siobhan Bennett/Released)
May 24, 2018

Residents in Lake Worth, Florida, received an unusual social media alert on Sunday following a brief power outage for a” zombie alert.”

Officials are still trying to pinpoint who sent it, Florida’s News Channel 8 reported.

The alert even made reference to Terminus, a fictional town from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” TV show.

The message read:

“Power outage and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus. There are now far less than seven thousand three hundred and eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity. Restoration time uncertain.”

About 7,880 resdients received the message following the 27-minute power outage.

Lake Worth spokesman Ben Kerr said an independent investigation is underway to determine who was behind the message.

The city’s private investigation revealed that no current or former employees were involved in sending the pre-prepared message, and no one was terminated.

Officials believe that the cause stems from a hacking concern that evolved last September during Hurricane Irma.

The issue was dealt with quickly and officials deciphered through all the hacked messages, believing to have gotten to them all.

“It turns out there was one hiding in the system,” Kerr said.