AS Fiji prepares to enter the November-April cyclone season, the weather office is projecting one to two cyclones of which one may reach or exceed category three status.
This is part of the weather office's 2013/14 Tropical Cyclone Season Outlook released recently.
Office director Alipate Waqaicelua said there was also a high probability that any tropical cyclone directly affecting or passing near the country would approach from the western or northern quadrants of the group.
"For those tropical cyclones passing close to the country, associated, active, cloud and rain bands may bring heavy rain and squally conditions with possible flooding, including sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas," Mr Waqaicelua said.
And the two cyclones predicted to affect Fiji are among four to eight tropical cyclones predicted for the Nadi weather office's Area of Responsibility, which encompass the Cook Islands, Tokelau, Samoa, Niue, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna and New Caledonia.
Mr Waqaicelua said there was an increased risk of severe tropical cyclones affecting the region this season, compared to last, with high risks for Tonga, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna and New Caledonia, high risk for Tokelau, Samoa, Niue, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and low to moderate risk for Cook Islands.