In case you missed it: Deadly Cyclone Mekunu slams Arabian Peninsula; Sinkhole opens on White House lawn

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
May 26, 2018, 7:11:18 AM EDT

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu tore across the Arabian Peninsula this week, slamming Yemen and Oman with devastating wind and rain.

Socotra, which is an island chain in the Indian Ocean and is a part of Yemen, was also devastated. The government declared Socotra a disaster zone.

More than 40 people were missing after two ships capsized and multiple vehicles were swept away, the Associated Press reported. At least three deaths have been reported.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from villages, but rescue workers couldn't access more remote parts of the main island, leaving some stranded.

The islands are known for their natural beauty and biodiversity, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Men walk on a road flooded after heavy rain and strong winds caused damage in Hadibu as Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Abdullah Morgan)

A woman was killed after thunderstorms led to flash flooding in Albuquerque this week.

The local fire department said five other people were swept up as roads turned into rivers amid the storm. According to the Albuquerque Journal, flood control authorities said water rose to 8 feet in some places and water rushed up to 35 mph.

Days of soggy weather plagued the mid-Atlantic this week and a sinkhole opened up on the White House lawn.

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The sinkhole opened up on the White House’s North Lawn near the press briefing room. The area was roped off with orange cones and yellow caution tape.

Fog and rain plagued the Preakness in Baltimore on May 19, leading to a muddy race. The wet conditions leading up to the race swamped the fields around the track and attendees were left trekking through mud.

Fog during the race made it difficult to even see the horses.

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A Pakistani volunteer sprays water on motorcyclists to prevent a heat stroke on a severely hot afternoon in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Life-threatening heat stifled parts of India and Pakistan this week. In Pakistan, the heat wave turned deadly as at least 65 deaths in Karachi were blamed on the sweltering conditions, the AP reported.

Temperatures soared to around 43 C (110 F) in Karachi from Saturday through Wednesday.

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