Tornado warning forces 3 ex-world leaders to take shelter

2016-07-15 20:46
Former US president Bill Clinton. (Gareth Patterson, AP)

Former US president Bill Clinton. (Gareth Patterson, AP)

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Little Rock - Three former world leaders were forced to take shelter in the lower level of an Arkansas high school after tornado sirens blared during a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Programme.

Former US presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton and Britain's Tony Blair were attending the ceremony at Little Rock's Central High School when the storm struck on Thursday night. The attendees were moved to the lower level of the high school and a spokesperson for Clinton says the three leaders also took shelter downstairs, away from the crowd.

The powerful thunderstorm downed trees and power lines throughout Little Rock, but no major damage or injuries were reported. Once the storm passed, the leaders went to the Clinton Presidential Centre for a dinner with the presidential scholars.

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