Category 5 cyclone Ita due to hit Queensland, Australia

Trees will start to topple, roofs will be sucked up and solar panels might start flying like Frisbees as severe tropical Cyclone Ita makes landfall in far north Queensland this evening, wind experts say.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts wind speeds for the Category 5 storm to approach 300km/h as it approaches the coast near Cooktown.

Source: Cyclone Ita due to hit tonight and likely to lift roofs, uproot trees