Multiple employees of the Mayfield, Kentucky candle factory that was leveled by a devastating tornado late Friday said that supervisors threatened firings if\u0026nbsp; workers left their shifts early amid warnings of the impending storm, according to new reporting by NBC News.\r\n\r\nSharing the new reporting, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called the revelations \u0022absolutely horrific.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Corporations will literally let you die to make a buck.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Workers may have lost their lives in Kentucky because the company refused to let them take shelter,\u0022 Brown tweeted. \u0022Corporations putting profit over people\u0026#039;s lives should not be happening in America in 2021.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe exclusive story came amid ongoing recovery efforts in multiple states after a catastrophic series of tornadoes ripped through sections of the South and Midwest late Friday into Saturday. The severe weather is blamed for 88 deaths so far, 74 of which were in Kentucky—through which a quad-state tornado tore a potentially historic path of destruction at least 220 miles long.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Kentucky National Guard said late Monday that all of the workers at the Mayfield Consumer Products factory—which had been going \u002224/7\u0022 to meet demand—had been accounted for. There were eight deaths, far fewer than what was originally feared.\r\n\r\nNBC News reported that \u0022at least five workers said supervisors warned employees that they would be fired if they left their shifts early.\u0022 From the report:\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022If you leave, you\u0026#039;re more than likely to be fired,\u0022 [McKayla] Emery said she overheard managers tell four workers standing near her who wanted to leave. \u0022I heard that with my own ears.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\nAnother employee, 20-year-old Elijah Johnson, joined other workers in approaching supervisors to request to leave their shifts.\r\n\r\n\r\n“I asked to leave and they told me I’d be fired,” Johnson said. \u0022Even with the weather like this, you\u0026#039;re still going to fire me?\u0022 he asked.\r\n\r\n\u0022Yes,\u0022 a manager responded, Johnson told NBC News.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe company denied the allegations to NBC News.\r\n\r\n\u0022This is beyond horrific,\u0022 tweeted economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.\r\n\r\n\u0022Corporations will literally let you die to make a buck,\u0022 he said. \u0022Never forget that.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe company has asserted there are regular storm drills to prepare for disasters.\r\n\r\n“We haven\u0026#039;t had one since we\u0026#039;ve been there,” 20-year-old Jarred Holmes, who has worked at the factory for months with his finacee, Bryanna Travis, told The Associated Press.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAP\u0026#039;s Monday reporting also included comments from Kathy LaVanier, CEO of Ohio-based Renegade Candle Company. She\u0026#039;s also a board member at the National Candle Association.\r\n\r\n\r\nLaVanier said regular disaster drills are important at candle plants, especially to include temporary workers who might have just arrived to fill a demand surge. But the way they are built—rarely with basements, and structured to accommodate long manufacturing lines—makes it hard to avoid damage when a truly devastating storm hits.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022If we had enough advance notice and felt it was severe enough,\u0022 said LaVanier, \u0022you might send people home.”\r\n\r\nAs the Louisville Courier Journal noted, the National Weather Service in Paducah sent out multiple alerts hours before the storm hit.\r\n\r\n\u0022No graphics with this post. Just straight from the office,\u0022 NWSPaducah tweeted at around 11:20 am Friday. \u0022From late afternoon on through tonight, be ready.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022This could be a significant severe event with a strong tornado or two across our region,\u0022 the service said. \u0022Think about what you would do now. Better to err on the safe side.\u0022\r\n\r\nYale Climate Connections also reported that \u0022the quad-state event was extremely well predicted,\u0022 with public warnings going back to the day before the storms ultimately hit.