The view from the ground of a Category 4 hurricane is scary enough — and then you see this photo.

But first, a little background. When watched from the sky, Hurricane Matthew is awe inspiring. Cameras outside the International Space Station got a (very high) bird's eye-view of the storm as it flew about 250 miles above the hurricane. The footage showed how massive Matthew is, yet somehow it looks serene. Watch the NASA video:

As of midday Oct. 5, the hurricane was taking aim at the Bahamas after leaving a path of destruction and at least five deaths in Haiti. A senior meteorologist with the Weather Channel was able to capture a chilling satellite image when Matthew made landfall in Haiti. Stu Ostro tweeted a photo (at top) of Matthew where the weather pattern looks eerily like a skull (or a scary clown?) lurking over the Caribbean as it hit Haiti on the morning of Oct. 4.

The storm is expected to hit the southeastern U.S. sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday with governors in four states — Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — declaring a state of emergency, reports CNN.

Although the hurricane originally had sustained winds of more than 140 mph, Matthew weakened to a Category 3 storm after making landfall in Cuba with wind speed dropping to 115 mph on the morning of Oct. 5. Forecasters expect it to regain strength as it churns toward the Bahamas and the U.S., according to the Miami Herald.

Forecasters say the hurricane may make landfall in Florida.

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Hurricane Matthew is scary (and serene) when seen from the sky
As Hurricane Matthew prepares to hit the southeastern U.S., these 2 images show a bird's eye-view.