First Coast skies turned a spectacular shade of purple Wednesday night after Hurricane Dorian brushed up Florida's east coast as a Category 2 storm.

Residents shared their photos on social media, depicting a beautiful, yet sometimes haunting image.

This isn't the first time Florida has seen such a breathtaking view. The same event happened last year with Hurricane Michael. 

Turns out, this phenomenon known as "scattering" is quite common after hurricanes, according to Science Daily.

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First Coast News Storm Expert Steve Fundaro explained this phenomenon happens when clouds distort ultraviolet light from the sun as it sets, "as if you're looking through a filter."

"You're seeing a sunset normally, but you have low clouds underneath from the hurricane that are distorting the [normal sunset] colors to make it seem purple," he said.