On May 20, 2018, 7,000 Lake Worth, FL, residents received a power outage notice that also warned of zombies. The message was sent around 1:45 am and 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.
Confused citizens believed the city name “Terminus” mentioned in the jarring warning referred to a location in Seasons 4 and 5 of The Walking Dead. The city’s community Facebook page, Lake Worth Live, said the zombie mention was an error.
“We are looking into the reports that the system mentioned zombies. I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity currently and I apologize for thet system message,” Lake Worth communications specialist Ben Kerr said.