Blair, Bush and Clinton shelter from tornado in US school basement

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Three world leaders were stuck in a basement...

No, it's not the beginning of a cheesy joke, it actually happened.

Former US presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton and former prime minister Tony Blair were forced to take shelter in the basement of an Arkansas high school after tornado sirens blared during a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Programme.

Bill Clinton and George Bush share a stage (Gareth Patterson/AP)
(Gareth Patterson/AP)

Former presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton and former prime minister Tony Blair were attending the ceremony at Little Rock's Central High School when the storm struck on Thursday night.

Those in attendance were moved to the lower level of the high school, and a spokesman for Mr Clinton said the three leaders also took shelter downstairs, away from the crowd.

Blair speaks during the event (Gareth Patterson/AP)
(Gareth Patterson/AP)

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.