Thousands of people have been left without electricity as winter storm Gertrude lashes northern Britain with snow, rain and wind gusts of more than 100 miles an hour (106 kph).

The Met Office weather service says 60 to 70 miles per hour (96 to 113 kph) winds are expected over large areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland. A gust of 105 miles an hour (169 kph) was recorded Friday in the Shetland islands, off Scotland's northern coast.

Around 10,000 homes were left without power in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and there was widespread disruption to train and ferry services.

A ferry from Rotterdam failed to dock in the English port of Hull because of high winds and had to remain at sea. It was due to try again later.