Cyclone Aivu slammed into north Queensland on Australia's northeast coast Tuesday with winds up to 125 mph, tearing the roofs off an estimated 150 homes, forcing the evacuation of hospitals and killing at least one person, police said.

The cyclone, the same as a hurricane in the Northern Hemisphere, brought with it heavy rains that threatened major flooding in the region about 700 miles north of Sydney, the weather bureau said.The eye of the cyclone passed directly over the towns of Ayr and Home Hill about noon Tuesday.

Police estimated up to 150 homes were unroofed in the two towns, but most residents were safe because they were warned in time to batten down and adopt emergency procedures.