LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Hannah Storm burns to face and body are being detailed by the ESPN anchor today. For weeks, fans had wondered what had happened to Hannah Storm, noticing her TV absence from Sportscenter. Storm tells news today that she suffered burns to her face, eyebrows, hair, neck, and body. But despite her struggle, Storm is happy to be back in the broadcast booth.
Hannah Storm’s return to TV will first feature her co-hosting the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade on ABC this New Years Day. But Storm hopes to return to ESPN’s Sportscenter as early as next Sunday. In a news statement today, Storm thanked the staff at Trauma and Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center that initially treated her.
But what exactly happened to Hannah Storm? A gas explosion struck the beloved anchor at home in Connecticut on December 11, 2012. She tells news that she was preparing an outside dinner when her gas grill lost its flame. So, Hannah bent over and attempted to ignite the light.
Suddenly an explosion erupted. She tells news that it was like a “wall of fire” was around her. She said the gas explosion was so loud you could hear it next door. Neighbors tell news that it sounded like a tree had collapse.
Storm’s shirt was burning fast. Storm ripped it off. A computer technician at her home helped save her life, grabbing ice, while her daughter Hannah, 15, called 911. Husband and NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks stayed by Storm’s side over the coming weeks. Hicks works for NBC and the Golf Channel while Storm works for ABC and ESPN.
Officials tell news that Storm’s broadcast for the 2013 Rose Parade will be her first public appearance since the explosion. She tells news that she lost some of her hair, all of her eyebrows and eyelashes. Her hands and chest received second degree burns and her neck and face suffered first degree burns.