Severe weather season returns with a vengeance

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — The wait for severe weather season is over.

(Courtesy: Katie Hurocy)

We made it all of the way through April with no tornadoes threatening northeast Kansas - one of the latest starts in Kansas history. Just one day into May, though, they were back.

Heavy rains and hail fell upon the central and northeast parts of the state throughout Tuesday evening, spurring multiple tornado sightings and tornado warnings. Golf ball-sized hail was seen across much of the region as well.

Large apparent twisters were caught on camera north of Salina and near Tescott. (you can watch both videos above)

Video courtesy of KSHB caught the one touching down north of Salina while they were tracking a storm cell in central Kansas.

A viewer, Katie Hurocy, captured what she called her first tornado shortly before 8 p.m. between Tescott and Culver.

More than 700 Westar customers near Tescott and Barnard were without power for much of the evening, according to its outage map.

Later in the night, the map showed an area stretching from Salina to Abilene. As of 11 p.m., Westar had not determined how many customers didn't have electricity there, but warned those in the dark that they may not have their services restored for nearly a day, saying:

Salina & Abilene

We experienced significant outages and damage due to the recent storms and tornadoes. Abilene and the surrounding areas are being evaluated for repairs needed in order to restore service. We expect all outages related to this storm to be restored by 10 PM 5/2/18. To report your outage text REG to 97827. To report an outage, text OUT to 97827.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.